Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Rothschild Giraffe: A candle buring out?

The Rothschild Giraffe is the second most endangered giraffe subspecies with only a few hundred living in the wild.Following our post on Northern Rangelands Trust we felt that it was necessary to highlight this animal.

It is named after the famous Lord Walter Rothschild and it is also known as the Baringo Giraffe because of it's presence at Lake Baringo,Kenya or the Ugandan Giraffe.Statistics show that there are very few locations where the Rothschild Giraffe can be seen in the wild, with notable spots being Lake Nakuru National Park and Murchison Falls National Park in Northern Uganda.

At the Giraffe Manor,Giraffe Center..where you feed the Giraffe's while having breakfast...!
An interesting fact is that it has been proposed that the Rothschild is actually a different species from other giraffes and not a subspecies either!There are various captive breeding programmes in place, with The Giraffe Center in Karen,Nairobi being one of them!The aim of these programmes is to expand the genetic gene-pool in the wild population of the Rothschild Giraffe, in the hope of increasing their number.

Somali/Reticulated Giraffe...
Masaai Giraffe...
So can you differentiate the Rothschild Giraffe from other subspecies such us the Maasai Giraffe and the Somali / reticulated Giraffe?!

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