Rare giraffe population makes a comeback

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The last West African giraffes, now living in the wild only in southwestern Niger, are making a comeback with numbers standing at 310 last year, the environment ministry said here Wednesday. Only 50 of them, their lowest number, was recorded in 1996.

The ‘giraffa camelopardalis peralta’, distinguished by its light-coloured spots and found only in the Sahel, was nearly extinct when a campaign was launched to protect it from poachers.
“Efforts deployed by the government to protect the giraffes have borne fruit as their population has increased from about 50 in 1996 to 310 in 2011,” the ministry said quoting the result of the latest census.

A giraffe forages in the Serengeti reserve in 2010. The last West African giraffes, now living in the wild only in southwestern Niger, are making a comeback with numbers standing at 310 last year, the environment ministry said.

source : http://www.greatnewsnetwork.org/index.php/news/article/niger_rare_giraffe_population_makes_a_comeback/

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