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Rothschild’s Refuge

If there are giraffes in the vicinity, there’s a good chance you’ll see them. But that doesn’t mean there are plenty of them around. Numbers have plummeted in recent years, and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation wants to know why. Andy Tutchings and his colleagues recently investigated the status of Rothschild’s giraffe in Uganda’s largest national park.

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A review of the social behaviour of the giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis: a misunderstood but socially complex species

1. Until around 2000, giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis were believed to have no social structure. Despite a resurgence of interest in giraffe behaviour in around 2010, most studies are of isolated populations, making it difficult to draw general conclusions. Although it is now well established that giraffe social organisation is non-random, there is little consensus as to what influences preferred and avoided associations or the underpinning mechanisms. 2. We test two hypotheses: first, giraffe have a complex cooperative social system, exhibited

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Investigating the international and pan-African trade in giraffe parts and derivatives

Three of the four newly distinguished giraffe species are in significant decline. Concern over the species’ threat status prompted a proposal to list the giraffe, which is still recognized as a single species by the IUCN, in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES). However, there is a distinct lack of quantitative data and research on the scale, extent and purpose of both illegal and legal hunting, and the use and/or trading of giraffe and

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Interaction entre hommes et girafes dans la zone de distribution de la girafe au Niger

Cette étude qui porte sur l’interaction entre hommes et girafes a été menée dans la zone de distribution de la girafe du Niger dénommée « aire girafe ». Elle a concerné douze (12) villages répartis sur les deux (2) foyers de distribution, la zone centrale et la zone de Fandou. Au total, 218 personnes ont été enquêtées et les données comparées entre villages et entre foyers de troupeau de girafes. Les résultats montrent que les dégâts sur les cultures et

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Behavioural responses of cattle to shared foraging with wild herbivores in an East African rangeland

We assessed whether prior foraging by wild herbivores affected foraging behaviour of cattle in Laikipia rangeland, Kenya, during February 2001, August 2001 and February 2002. The study compared cattle bite rate, step rate and bites per step in plots exclusively accessible to cattle and those accessible to cattle and large wild herbivores. During February 2001 when conditions were dry, cattle bite rate was 18–19% lower, step rate 25–26% higher, and bites per step 36% lower in plots shared by cattle

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