Giraffe Research Project

A new project to Lissataba in 2013, this project is in its very early stages. The aim is to identify all of the individual giraffe on Lissataba and to create a photo archive for them. Although the annual aerial census allows us to get an estimate of population, it does not give age and sex ratios. We hope the giraffe ID project can help fill the gaps.

Additionally, group association in giraffe is often described as very fluid, in that they do not conform to a set population structure, like other herbivore species. It is of interest, therefore, to look more closely at individual movements and group dynamics.

Individuals are identified by their unique coat patterns and in time we hope to learn more about sex ratios, individual movements and group association, as well as calving intervals.