Uganda's endangered Giraffe species

A species of giraffe that exists only in Uganda and Kenya has been placed on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

The Red List implies that the giraffe, the Rothschild giraffe, is endangered and its protection is a matter of international priority.

The Rothschild giraffe, also known as the Ugandan giraffe, lives in the wild in Nile Valley in Uganda and the Rift Valley in Kenya. There are just below 2,500 mature Rothschild giraffes in the world.

In a news statement issued today, Julian Fennessey, giraffe expert and conservationist, says the Rothschild giraffe is on the brink of extinction. She says the Ugandan and Kenyan governments need to step up efforts to protect the animals from poaching and disease and to form sound conservation strategies to improve the situation.

According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, only the West African giraffe is in worse shape than Rothschild's. With active conservation work, this subspecies has gone from some 100 individuals to 220 today, but is still in grave danger of disappearing.

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation has worked with stabilizing the West African giraffe population and is now focusing on Rothschild's. The International Union for Conservation for Nature says mammals throughout Africa are in decline. A recent study found that even in protected areas, mammal populations have dropped by approximately 60 percent in 35 years.

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