Luambe-Lukusuzi Giraffe Wildlife Corridor, Zambia
CREATING THE LUAMBE-LUKUSUZI GIRAFFE WILDLIFE CORRIDOR
The endangered Masai giraffe species numbers have fallen by over 50% in the past 30 years, with just an estimated 35,000 left in the wild. In Zambia there is a unique population of Masai giraffe (Thornicroft’s giraffe) that are found isolated in South Luangwa National Park. There are currently an estimated 600 giraffe, a small, but vital population. Incredibly they have begun expanding eastwards on their own out of South Luangwa, and have been able to return to Luambe National Park, a historic home!
Save Giraffes Now has partnered with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) and local communities on an ambitious and impactful initiative that is offering new hope to these giraffe. This project offers these giraffe the ability even further eastward and into the massive Lukusuzi National Park which was once a core habitat for giraffe. The team is creating a protected wildlife corridor to connect Luambe National Park to Lukusuzi National Park. This corridor will allow giraffe to disperse into the rich habitat and safety of Lukusuzi.
With access to this greater expanse of habitat (735,000 acres), this population of giraffe can increase and thrive, offering hope to the endangered Masai giraffe species. In addition, this project provides alternative sustainable sources of income and benefits to the local people lining in the region.