Excited about the progress made this week with partners Giraffe Conservation Foundation, San Diego Zoo Global, and the Kenya Wildlife Service, to fit 25-30 reticulated giraffe with satellite transmitters. So far, we have fitted 12 tracking devices on animals across Laikipia and Samburu counties in northern Kenya, with no injuries to report. All animals got back on their feet quickly after being processed by the team. Across this region, less than 5% of the habitat of this species is formally protected, with reticulated giraffe declining by about 50% over the past 30 years. We hope to collect many years of data on the movements of these individuals, providing the basis for an improved scientific understanding of the species’ habitat requirements that will hopefully be used to inform policy across the region.
The team is now headed further north to capture the remaining animals, requiring the use of a helicopter to efficiently find and tag individuals. Immense landscapes up here. Looking forward to seeing the data we’re receiving and further engagement with the team. Seeing these giraffe face to face has been truly amazing! Can’t wait for next steps.