Thursday, 12 September 2019

Rare giraffes fitted with solar-powered trackers

Conservationists have fitted members of an endangered giraffe species in northern Kenyan with satellite-tracking devices, part of a campaign to monitor and understand them better.

A total of 28 reticulated giraffes have been fitted with the tracking devices, a feat said to be the largest GPS satellite tagging of giraffe in history, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation says.

The species is considered endangered after its population shrank by 60% in three decades, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The solar-powered tracking devices will help conservationists understand their movements and use of the environment.

Approximately 115 giraffes in six African countries have so far been fitted with the trackers, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation says.

“Knowing where giraffe are, how much space they need, and how they move across the landscape seasonally, is vital to inform effective conservation and planning," it said in a statement.

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