Giraffes were once widespread across much of sub-Saharan Africa but now face considerable threats to a sustainable future in the wild. Because giraffes occupy diverse habitats, land-use systems and sociopolitical environments, they face many challenges. Conservation Ecology Center researchers are working collaboratively with a growing network of NGOs, academics, and range-state governments to address key gaps in knowledge and to develop science-based solutions for giraffe conservation across Africa.
Giraffe Population Monitoring
To design and implement effective conservation strategies, researchers first need to understand the population size and distribution of giraffes across Africa. Aerial surveys are a useful tool for rapidly assessing how many giraffes live in a large area. Working with local organizations and using cutting-edge analytical approaches, CEC researchers help provide this critical data. They want to know how land-use and human infrastructure, such as fencing, might impact giraffe distribution and connectivity across multiple-use landscapes, or areas where people and wildlife coexist.