The present distribution and status of the giraffe in west Africa

Several papers have been published in Mammalia in the last few years on the distribution of the West African giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis paralta Thomas 1898. However, its exact distribution and numbers are still uncertain; this paper records some recent information on the subject and suggests reasons for the limited numbers at the present time. Another subspecies, antiquorum, is found in Kordofan and Darfur further to the east. Malbrant (1952) records that the giraffe east of the Chari river are similar to antiquorum although he does not say definitively whether they belong to the subspecies antiquorum or peralta. Sidney (1965) refers to the giraffe in Tchad and the Central African Republic as subspecies peralta; a similar opinion is followed in this paper, ie peralta extends from Senegal in the west to the western borders of Tchad and the Central African Republic in the east.

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