Last of 9 Giraffes Stranded on Flooded Kenyan Island Floated to Safety: ‘A Significant Success’

People || Nine endangered Rothschild’s giraffes are finally back on solid ground.

The efforts to rescue the animals started 15 months ago after rising waters caused flooding around Kenya’s Lake Baringo in early 2020. According to a release from Save Giraffes Now — a non-profit committed to saving giraffes from extinction — the flooding stranded a group of Rothschild’s giraffes on the lake’s Longicharo Island, cutting the animals off from the resources they needed to survive.

After learning of the giraffes’ dire situation, Save Giraffes Now, the Ruko Community Conservancy, the Northern Rangelands Trust, and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) worked together to make a rescue plan. The fruits of this collaboration resulted in the creation of a custom barge (named “The GiRaft”) and a 4,400-acre sanctuary on the mainland for the animals.

Rescuers used The GiRaft to float the animals, one by one, from the flooded island to the fenced sanctuary built for them within the 44,000-acre Ruko Conservancy.

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