“At 60per cent, Kenya has the highest concentration of Rothschild giraffes in the world”

“The IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) has declared the tallest animal on earth an endangered species”

photo_by_josé_kalpersWith increased security from Ruko community scouts, the conservancy in conjunction with the Kenya Wildlife Service succesfully translocated a small population of the Rothschild giraffe (also known as the Baringo giraffe).  This is the second most endangered giraffe subspecies in the world (only 670 left in the world), which have not been seen in Baringo for approximately forty years and are now found in only a few places. 

Funding for this exciting was secured, enabling Ruko to reintroduce these special animals into the new Sanctuary at Longisharo on the western side of the conservancy. The Giraffes were translocated from Soysambu 150km away – an operation organised by Lewa’s expert translocation team and the Kenya Wildlife Service. In time wildlife that was common here not so long ago including gerenuk, oryx, eland and perhaps even black rhino will be translocated to Longichoro.  It is hoped that with the wildlife and enhanced security, more tourists will be enticed back to Lake Baringo.

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.

“We have all the resources ourselves, we just need to learn how to utilize them” - Ruko community member