Baringo Giraffe update

on Wednesday, 25 July 2012.

The 8 giraffe are now free in the Ruko onservancy

Baringo Giraffe update

Good news, after 4 years of planning 8 Baringo giraffe (also known as Rothchild's Giraffe) returned home after nearly 70 years since they were last seen in Baringo.

The translocation was an exciting one, as the giraffe had to travel for six hours by lorry. Then the lorry had to reverse into the lake and the giraffe were transferred to a boat (landing craft) to make an hour and a half crossing to Ruko Community Wildlife Conservancy.

This is the first time that giraffes have been transported across water in Kenya.

Many thanks to Northern Rangelands Trust and Kenya Wildlife Service, Tusk Trust, Ernie Burgess and the Njemps and Pokot tribes for helping to get them across safe and sound.

The giraffe have been released from their large holding pen and are now freely roaming the conservancy.

Below are the links for more photos, samatian blog and press releases.  We know that these giraffes will thrive in their new habitat and we are very optimistic that Ruko Community Conservancy will continue to thrive and promote peace and prosperity through looking after our wildlife.

The Baringo Giraffe translocation story attracted much press attention around the globe, here are some links to a few of the articles:

Samatian Island Lodge blog

Jose's Picassa Web Album

Chicago Tribune

LA Times

The Telegraph

The Seattle Times

 

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  • Baringo Giraffe update

    Baringo Giraffe update

    Author Nic

    Good news, after 4 years of planning 8 Baringo giraffe (also known as Rothchild's Giraffe) returned home after nearly 70 years since they were last seen in Baringo.

    The translocation was an exciting one, as the giraffe had to travel for six hours by lorry. Then the lorry had to reverse into the lake and the giraffe were transferred to a boat (landing craft) to make an hour and a half crossing to Ruko Community Wildlife Conservancy.

    This is the first time that giraffes have been transported across water in Kenya.

     

  • Baringo Giraffe Translocation

    Baringo Giraffe Translocation

    Author Nic

    Samatian Island Lodge, a part of The Safari and Conservation Company, The Kenya Wildlife Service and The Northern Rangelands Trust today announce a first for conservation in Kenya as eight Baringo Giraffe, a sub-species that have not existed in their native area of Lake Baringo for over 70 years, were  finally brought home.

    Through the combined efforts of the NRT, Samatian Island Lodge and local Pokot and Njemps communities, these endangered Rothschild giraffe, originally named Baringo giraffe, were trans-located to Ruko Game Conservancy by barge, making this the first ever attempt to carry giraffe across water in Kenya.

     

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