Ruko Community Conservancy, Kenya
A BOLD OPERATION TO SAVE THE LAST ROTHSCHILD’S GIRAFFE
Rothchild’s (Nubian) giraffe numbers have plummeted by 80%, leaving only 3,000 in the wild today. But there is hope. We are working with partners on an ambitious (and amphibious) plan to return Rothchild’s giraffe to the iconic Eastern Rift Valley, their ancestral home where they were wiped out 70 years ago.
We are rescuing giraffe which are trapped on an island in Lake Baringo that is being flooded by rising water levels. We are sailing these giraffe to a special sanctuary on the mainland on a barge made by local community who have trained the giraffe to enter the barge voluntarily. We will reintroduce a further 12-15 Rothchild’s giraffe from Soysambu Reserve and Ruma National Park in Kenya.
Working with the communities in the area over the next several years, we will keep this combined group of giraffe safe, and as they breed and their numbers grow, they will repopulate the Eastern Rift over time, eventually rejoining their cousins in Uganda!