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Dry season Aerial Survey of Gambella National Park and Surrounding areas

Gambella National Park was initially proposed in 1973, but didn’t receive official status at national or federal level until 2014. The Park was proposed primarily to protect its outstanding biodiversity and important wetland habitats, and to protect two large mammal species: the White-eared kob (Kobus kob leucotis) and the Nile lechwe (Kobus megaceros). Currently, the park hosts the largest populations of these species in Ethiopia, and also Elephant (Loxodonta africana), Giraffe (Giraffa cameleopardalis), Buffalo (Syncerus caffer), Lion (Panthera leo) and

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Giraffe and okapi: Africa’s forgotten megafauna

The Giraffidae family includes only two living species of ungulates: the giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) and the okapi (Okapia johnstoni), both restricted to the African continent. Taxonomically, the Giraffa and Okapia genera separated from each other approximately 16 million years ago (Hassanin et al., 2012), and they now exhibit as many differences as similarities. Today Okapia is represented by one species (Okapia johnstoni; Hart, 2013), though with surprisingly high genetic variation (Stanton et al., 2014), whereas nine subspecies of giraffe are

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The status of and trade in the South African population of giraffa camelopardalis giraffa (South African giraffe)

The South African population of Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa is estimated at between 21,053 and 26,919 individuals, of which between 11,411 and 14,860 individuals occur within national and provincial nature reserves. The species is listed as Least Concern in the IUCN Regional Red List, the national population is well managed and increasing, and the species is protected by provincial legislation throughout South Africa. Inclusion of the giraffe in Appendix II to CITES will not benefit the conservation of the species, nor

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Giraffe south of the Niger-Benue river system

Although giraffes have been seen occasionally south of the Niger river, there is no evidence that permanent populations occur in this area) and presumably the giraffes either die or return to the northern side. The southern habitats may be unsuitable for two reasons. First, human harassment and habitat modification may prevent the establishment of viable “southern herds”. Secondly, there may be an absence or inadequacy of particular food plants or some other environmental requirement. These speculations emphasize the necessity of

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The Mammals of Nigeria

Distribution: scattered localities in northern Guinea, Sudan, and Sahel savanna zones; not recorded south of the Niger-Benue rivers in Nigeria (Happold 1969, 1978b) (Map 98). Localities: Benue-Pai river region (Lewis 1955); Chingurme-Duguma GR, Kambari GR (Hall 197 6); Falgoro GR (Henshaw and Child 1972); Lame GR (Hall 1976); Sambisa GR (Hall 1976). Old localities not listed (see Status).

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The distribution and population status of the elusive okapi, Okapia johnstoni

The okapi (Okapia johnstoni) is one of only two remaining giraffid species. This elusive animal is endemic to the central and north-eastern rainforest of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and is poorly known. As part of a multipartner, rangewide okapi conservation project, in 2013, the IUCN SSC Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group (IUCN SSC GOSG), the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) organized a participatory, multistakeholder workshop in Kisangani,

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