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Conservation of Giraffes

Conservation of Giraffes

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, June 21, 2019/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, video, sustainability, art and design, adventure

               White Giraffe in Garissa County, Kenya (credit: Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy, Marc Napo)

It is World Giraffe Day and a perfect opportunity for reminding about the need for their conservation. Programs are planned at zoos to help educate students and parents about giraffes and their habitat.

One of these handsome animals, a rare white giraffe was discoverd in Kenya's Garissa county, has become a conservation icon. The mother and her calf were filmed walking in the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy, a community-based protected area. Their mission is to protect and increase wildlife through participatory conservation, education, and community involvement in the area. According to villagers: “they were so close and extremely calm and seemed not disturbed by our presence. The mother kept pacing back and forth a few yards in front of us while signalling the baby giraffe to hide behind the bushes.”

According to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, in the 1980s the total number of giraffes in Africa was estimated at more than 155,000 individuals. Today, the Africa-wide population at approximately 111,000 giraffes, a decrease of 30%. The Conservancy hopes the white giraffes will help theirs' and others' conservation efforts in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa.

A worthy conservation icon, indeed!

WHB

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