On the afternoon of 29th November 2021, one of our ranger patrols took a rather unique turn: Instead of chasing down poachers and following up leads on illegal activities, the team were diligently shadowing a baby giraffe!
Earlier that day, we had received reports of a tiny giraffe who was (rather unsuccessfully) trying to pass herself off as a zebra. There were no other giraffes in the area, and as her survival instincts kicked in, she latched onto a passing herd of zebras. All signs indicated that she was an orphan, but to be absolutely certain, our SWT/KWS Burra Anti-Poaching Team was put on her trail.
By late evening it was clear the baby giraffe was without a mother. While the zebras gracefully accepted her presence, she made an easy target for predators, particularly Tsavo’s infamous lions, who were as it turns out not terribly far from her location. Dusk was fast approaching, and if she was to survive the night she’d need help, so KWS requested a rescue take place.
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2 years old
29 November 2021
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo East NP
Date of Birth (approximate)
20 November 2021
Age at Rescue
1 week old (approx)
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