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Rare Wild Giraffe Population Makes a Comeback

Earth - General

rare species of giraffe in Niger - Roland H's Flickr photo -CCThe last West African giraffe population living in the wilds of southwestern Niger is making a comeback with numbers reaching 310 last year, up from a count of 50 in 1996, the environment ministry said.

The 'giraffa camelopardalis peralta', distinguished by its light-coloured spots and found only in the Sahel region south of the Sahara, was nearly extinct when a campaign was launched to protect it from poachers -- supported by the African Wildlife Foundation.

(READ the AFP story in Sky News)

Learn more at Wikipedia about The Association to Safeguard the Giraffes of Niger.

Roland H's Flickr photo -CC


#1 rkblacey 2012-03-19 00:02
Great photo. Hopeful story. Thanks.

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