JARB Journal of Animal Reproduction and Biotehnology

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Journal of Embryo Transfer 2009; 24(4): 293-295

Published online December 31, 2009

Copyright © The Korean Society of Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology.

Reproductive System of Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)

Yong, Hwan-Yul

Seoul Zoo, Makgye-dong, Gwacheon 427-080, Korea

Abstract

Two postmortem male and female reticulated giraffes were examined. The adult male giraffe showed sigmoid flexure of penis similar to most ungulates. Epididymis was well-developed and divided with head, body and tail parts. On the tip of penis, there was a urethral process. At the necropsy of a 20-month-old and nulliparous giraffe, ovaries, oviducts, two uterine horns with a septum and a cervix were distinctively shown. Understanding reproductive organs of giraffes would be beneficial to succeed in artificial breeding on this species especially in the difficult situation of importing hoofed animals.

Keywords: giraffe, ovary, reproductive, testis, uterus

Article

Journal of Embryo Transfer 2009; 24(4): 293-295

Published online December 31, 2009

Copyright © The Korean Society of Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology.

Reproductive System of Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)

Yong, Hwan-Yul

Seoul Zoo, Makgye-dong, Gwacheon 427-080, Korea

Abstract

Two postmortem male and female reticulated giraffes were examined. The adult male giraffe showed sigmoid flexure of penis similar to most ungulates. Epididymis was well-developed and divided with head, body and tail parts. On the tip of penis, there was a urethral process. At the necropsy of a 20-month-old and nulliparous giraffe, ovaries, oviducts, two uterine horns with a septum and a cervix were distinctively shown. Understanding reproductive organs of giraffes would be beneficial to succeed in artificial breeding on this species especially in the difficult situation of importing hoofed animals.

Keywords: giraffe, ovary, reproductive, testis, uterus