UWA flags second relocation of giraffes from Murchison to Kidepo: UWA flags second relocation of giraffes from Murchison to Kidepo: UWA and partners from Giraffe Conservation Foundation have flagged off the UWA giraffe translocation team to Murchison Falls National Park.
This exercise is set to begin tomorrow and will have giraffes captured in Murchison Falls and released at Kidepo Valley National Park.
This will the second giraffe translocation to this park to boost their population numbers and species diversity. Wildlife translocation is one of the mechanisms that UWA uses to conserve wildlife.
The approach is vital in enhancing ecosystems with sparse populations, and depopulating areas of high densities to ensure ecological balance and sustainable conservation.
With a recent estimate of 1,250 giraffes, Murchison Falls National Park hosts by far the largest population of giraffes.
In addition, GCF has undertook the first-ever and subsequent annual giraffe census in Kidepo Valley National Park. With a current estimate of a minimum of less than 40 Nubian giraffe further research is needed to determine if this is a viable population.