Between March and April 1997, 3 giraffes were captured from Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya and translocated to Kidepo Valley National Park in Uganda a total distance of approximately 800 kilometers. The translocation was conducted because the population in Kidepo consists of only 1 female and 5 male giraffes. Therefore more females were needed to start to re-establish a viable breeding population. The numbers of giraffes in Kidepo dropped from 400 between 1967 & 1972 (Ross et al. 1976; Uganda National Parks 1971) to only three in 1992 (Reynolds 1993) because of intense poaching pressure and civil wars in the 1980s.
Key Words: Rotschilds giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi, Kenya, Uganda, transolcation, population, poaching
Author: G. Kamela
Journal: Re-introduction News
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