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The reaction of a group of Rothschild’s giraffe to a new environment

The behaviour of a translocated group of 11 Rothschild’s giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi¬†Lydekker) was studied for 9 weeks in 1968. A comparison was made between their new and former habitats, the food plants eaten in both places, and behaviour. For 3.5 months after release, they appeared to have settled in the area, but they suddenly started extending their range. Possible reasons are suggested for their failure to stay in the release area and their eventual disappearance.

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