Giraffe south of the Niger-Benue river system

Author(s)David Happold
Year Published1978
JournalZeitschrift für Saugetierkunde
Page Numbers239-242
Size3.69 MB

Although giraffes have been seen occasionally south of the Niger river, there is no evidence that permanent populations occur in this area) and presumably the giraffes either die or return to the northern side. The southern habitats may be unsuitable for two reasons. First, human harassment and habitat modification may prevent the establishment of viable "southern herds". Secondly, there may be an absence or inadequacy of particular food plants or some other environmental requirement. These speculations emphasize the necessity of a thorough ecological study if, at some time in the future, conservation authorities wish to translocate giraffes into the savannas south of the Niger-Benue river system.

Keywords: West African Giraffe, Subspecies, Population status, Habitat, Distribution, Niger

Author: David Happold

Journal: Zeitschrift für Saugetierkunde

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