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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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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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Bucking the dismal decline in wildlife: Amboseli numbers are going up

Amboseli Conservation Program’s five decades of continuous monitoring the Amboseli region shows an astonishing turnaround for wildlife after years of decline. Many species are now more abundant than forty-five years ago, a remarkable contrast to the rapid losses across Africa and around the world. What explains this small point of light in a gloomy outlook for wildlife? What lessons does Amboseli offer conservation? And how can the success be kept up as the space for wildlife shrinks? As scientists patch

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Survival of the tallest

The extreme adaptations of the giraffe have fuelled evolutionary hypotheses since the time of Lamarck. In-depth studies of its genomes are now yielding solid answers about its evolution, along with the identifi cation of new species. A better understanding of its biology, including its social behaviour, may help to secure the future of this unique animal.

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The changing role of natural and human agencies shaping the ecology of an African savanna ecosystem

Reconstructing the historical interplay of wildlife and pastoralists in the African savannas is clouded in contemporary studies by the transformation of subsistence societies and land use changes. We draw on five decades of monitoring by the Amboseli Conservation Program to illustrate the rainfall–-plant–herbivore linkages in a free-ranging wildlife–livestock system transitioning to contemporary savanna landscapes. In half a century, the coupled interactions of wildlife and livestock in the Amboseli ecosystem driven by rainfall and water sources have been severed and reshaped

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Influence of Aesthetic Appreciation of Wildlife Species on Attitudes towards Their Conservation in Kenyan Agropastoralist Communities

The influence of human aesthetic appreciation of animal species on public attitudes towards their conservation and related decision-making has been studied in industrialized countries but remains underexplored in developing countries. Working in three agropastoralist communities around Amboseli National Park, southern Kenya, we investigated the relative strength of human aesthetic appreciation on local attitudes towards the conservation of wildlife species. Using semi-structured interviewing and free listing (n = 191) as part of a mixed methods approach, we first characterized local aesthetic

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A Case Study on the Impact of Giraffes in Ruma National Park in Kenya

In 1983, 27 Rothschild giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi) were translocated from Soi Ranch in Kenya’s Rift Valley to Ruma National Park (NP). This measure was taken to both conserve the giraffes, and to enrich the park with new species. In July 2002 a team from OSIENALA (Friends of Lake Victoria) conducted a survey at Ruma NP to determine both the current giraffe populations and the impact of their introduction. The study found the giraffe population to be approximately 75. The

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Feeding choices and impacts of extralimital giraffe on two keystone tree species in the Kgalagadi National Park

In this article we determine the effect of an extralimital megaherbivore on the reproductive potential and vegetation structure of two keystone tree species in the Auob River in the south western Kalahari Desert of southern Africa. Using spoor and dung counts we establish the presence of giraffe in three predetermined density zones by walking 50 transects across the river in each zone. We also photographed six trees from each species in each zone and use these photographs to determine browse

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Attitudes of the Local Community Toward Giraffe in Arusha National Park, Tanzania

This study examines the attitudes of the local community toward giraffe in Arusha National Park, Tanzania. This study was carried out between January and May 2018. Data were collected through questionnaires and key informants, to investigate views and attitudes of people toward giraffe. Our results revealed that local community had positive attitudes toward giraffe. Important variables that explained the positive attitudes of local people toward giraffe were sociodemographic variables (age, education, occupation, and duration of stay), calmness, and peacefulness of

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