Giraffe return to Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve
After an absence of almost 25 years, Nubian giraffe have returned to Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve in Uganda late yesterday night!
There is lots of giraffe conservation action happening in Uganda right now as Operation Twiga IV is well on its way.
Lead by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and supported by GCF and other partners, the team brought giraffe back to Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve yesterday! The area had formerly been home to the largest giraffe population in the Uganda, but giraffe had gone locally extinct over 20 years ago. After an arduous journey, the first group of five ‘Critically Endangered’ Nubian giraffe was finally released last night.
In a 16-hour drive slowed down by unseasonal rain and heavy mud, the giraffe travelled from Murchison Falls National Park, home to the largest population of Nubian giraffe in all of Africa (and actually the world). Another 10-15 giraffe will join this founder population at their new home in the next week or so. While UWA is doing an amazing job in protecting giraffe in Murchison Falls National Park, oil exploration activities and bushmeat poaching pose an increasing threat to these iconic animals in their current home. Creating additional populations of Nubian giraffe in Uganda was highlighted as priority in the Draft National Giraffe Conservation Strategy and Action Plan in order to secure their future in the country.
Over the last five years, with the support of GCF and other partners, UWA has already created two new giraffe populations in the country – south of the River Nile in Murchison Falls National Park and in Lake Mburo National Park – and augmented another population in Kidepo Valley National Park. This latest translocation brings the total count to five areas where you can see Nubian giraffe in Uganda.