Preliminary Report on Forage Availability and Resource Use by Reticulated Giraffe at Mugie Conservancy, Laikipia, Kenya

Main Findings

  1. To compare resource availability and animal diets, we conducted vegetation surveys and collected giraffe dung samples for diet analyses on the east and west sides of primary road C77 at Mugie Conservancy.
  2. The availability of tree resources differed on the east versus west sides of C77, where the more abundant species that we encountered in the East are likely to represent higher nutritional value to a giraffe than in the West.
  3. On the east side of C77, giraffe specialized on a smaller number of high-quality acacia species, whereas on the west side giraffe diversified their diets and consumed a larger variety of potentially lower quality forage species.
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January 27, 2021
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