The past distribution of giraffe in Zululand and its implications for reserve management

The evidence for the past distribution of giraffe in Zululand is critically re-examined. On the basis of this, it is concluded that the probability of giraffe having ever occurred in Zululand prior to their introduction is extremely small. As a consequence of this, and according to the definition of an indigenous species favoured by us, we suggest that giraffe should be classified as alien to Zululand. This classification has implications affecting management of giraffe in Natal Parks Board areas, and possibly affecting policy in relation to alien species. These implications are discussed.

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January 27, 2021
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