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Zambezi Giraffe Project Progress Report February 2017 to October 2017

Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) are one of the most loved and iconic megafauna in Africa, but their conservation status is currently of great concern, with a 2015 IUCN assessment listing the species as vulnerable to extinction. Furthermore, a recent study suggested that the one currently recognised giraffe species should be separated into 4 distinct species, meaning that giraffe populations may be at even greater risk than previously thought. The African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) began giraffe research in the

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Standing Tall for Giraffes – Research and Conservation of an Overlooked African Icon

Despite being iconically African, the giraffe remains largely understudied in the wild—unlike most of the continent’s other large megafauna. In part, this is because giraffes were not heavily hunted until recently: they don’t produce tusks or horns that are coveted as trophies or medicine and they are not an aggressive species. Sadly, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) now estimates that giraffe numbers have plummeted across Africa by 40 percent in the last decade to less than 80,000 individuals due to

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