East Africa Giraffe Conservation Programme

The East African region is crucial to the survival of giraffe in Africa: three of the four extant species of giraffe, which include the Masai giraffe (Giraffa tippelskirchi), Nubian giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis camelopardalis) and reticulated giraffe (Giraffa reticulata), occur in the region. While giraffe populations in some other African regions are increasing or stable, the general trend of giraffe populations across East (and Central) Africa is decreasing. In the last 15 years, reticulated giraffe have declined by ~80% while Masai giraffe numbers have reduced by >50%. Since 2016, giraffe are listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, but the Rothschild’s giraffe, now subsumed into the Nubian giraffe, which occurs in Uganda, western and central Kenya, south-western Ethiopia, and South Sudan, are listed as ‘Endangered’. Human activities, in particular habitat loss, fragmentation and poaching represent the most severe threats to the survival of giraffe in the region.

Unfortunately, relatively little conservation research has been conducted on giraffe, and this lack of knowledge is hindering the assessment of the exact conservation status of giraffe. GCF is working with local and international partners to collate available data, fill data gaps and most importantly to advance giraffe conservation initiatives in the region.

More info at https://giraffeconservation.org/programmes/ea-programme/?mc_cid=d7e2dcd82d&mc_eid=adaf29f60b