Rwanda’s only population of Masai giraffe was founded by just six individuals translocated to Akagera National Park from Kenya in 1986.
Since then, this population has grown considerably.
Through a Memorandum of Understanding with African Parks, an NGO that manages Akagera National Park, GCF provides support for giraffe conservation in the park. In collaboration with African Parks, GCF conducted the first ever photographic survey of giraffe in Rwanda in 2022.
Using spatially explicit capture recapture methods, GCF estimates the population to be over 100 individuals, marking a considerable increase over previous aerial survey estimates. This increase in abundance highlights the positive impacts of concerted management efforts by African Parks and the Government of Rwanda in securing and protecting Rwanda’s unique savannah ecosystems.
These early survey efforts provide the foundation of ongoing giraffe monitoring and conservation in Akagera National Park. Equipped with the best available data on population growth and habitat use, GCF and African Parks are continuing to work to together to ensure a bright future for Rwanda’s giraffe.