The Reticulated giraffe has a relatively limited distribution across northern and north-eastern Kenya, and small restricted populations most likely persist in southern Somalia and southern Ethiopia.

An estimate of almost 16,000 individuals remain in the wild – a decline of over 50% from the approximate 36,000 three and a half decades ago.

Reticulated giraffe (Giraffa reticulata)

As a result of this decline, Reticulated giraffe were added to the IUCN Red List and listed as Endangered in 2018. In recent years, however, numbers across northern Kenya appear to be increasing with improved conservation measures. More than 95% of Reticulated giraffe occur outside of government-managed protected areas, emphasising the need for community and private stakeholder engagement in giraffe conservation.

It is easy to see why this species is called the Reticulated giraffe, as its rich orange-brown patches are clearly defined by a network of striking white lines, which continue the entire length of their legs.

GCF is the only organisation in the world that works on conserving all four giraffe species in Africa.

Our Reticulated giraffe conservation programmes include

Reticulated Giraffe Conservation in Kenya