It is not unexpected that a proposal, such as ours , of four new mammalian species stirs up controversy, as evident in the correspondence by Bercovitch et al. . We appreciate that their concerns are unrelated to the quality of the genetic data, the methodological approach or analyses, but are focused on the interpretation. Thus, we provided an analysis of giraffe speciation based on genomic sequence data, and not just “another viewpoint on giraffe taxonomy” . We maintain our perspective that there is not only one but four species of giraffe (Figure 1).