Giraffe Conservation Status in Ethiopia
Giraffe numbers and their distribution in Ethiopia are largely unknown. Two species are assumed to occur in the country: reticulated giraffe (Giraffa reticulata) in the south east, and Nubian giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) in the west and south-west. In order to learn more about their distribution and population numbers across the country, GCF has joined forces with Addis Ababa University and African Parks Network. Desktop studies and field excursions continue to help determine where exactly and how many giraffe occur in the country.
Giraffe are known to occur in Gambella National Park in Western-Ethiopia right at the border with South Sudan. There is limited access to this part of the country with few roads and none at all in the giraffe range. Insurgents frequently cross the border and render the area unsafe. However, GCF and African Parks Network have fitted GPS satellite collars to a few giraffe to learn more about their movements. The trip was also used to gain a better understanding of giraffe numbers in the area. While Gambella National Park previously only existed on paper, this newly gained knowledge will inform better management and has the potential to put it on the map as one of Africa’s great national parks.