17 February 2011

Kenya: Endangered Rothschild giraffes return home to Lake Baringo area

Eight Rothschild giraffes have returned home to the eastern shores of Lake Baringo after at least 40 years of disappearance. They were taken back to their native area in ferry ride across Kenya’s Lake Baringo. The Rothschild giraffe is one of the most endangered sub-species of giraffe in the world, with a population numbering only a few hundred. The giraffes, moved in two groups for their 90-minute journey to Ruko Community Wildlife Conservancy, were loaded onto the barges at Soysambu Conservancy in the Great Rift Valley.

The Ruko Community Wildlife Conservancy is situated on 77km² on the eastern shore of Lake Baringo, an area of semi-desert in the northern Rift Valley. The freshwater lake is an oasis the arid landscape and is home to large populations of hippo, crocodile and over 400 species of bird.

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