Temperatures are rising, lands are drying, water is getting scarce, wild fires are ravaging the forests, unusual floods are hitting cities….disasters are becoming a day-to-day life event. This is the sad outcome of Climate Change. Our Planet cannot cope anymore.
Northeast Kenya is facing a severe drought, causing endangered giraffes in the area to suffer and die in masse of dehydration and starvation. The situation is beyond sad.
International NGO’s Wild at Life e.V. and Save Giraffes, with their local teams, are trying to provide supplementary food and water to help save these giraffes, but the situation is dire!
Watch the sadness of these giraffes left out to die in the desertic wild areas. We are losing our wildlife to climate change!
Wild at Life e.V.
Somali Giraffe Project
Garissa County, NE Kenya
The reticulated giraffe, which is officially listed as Endangered. IUCN Red List estimates there are about 15,000 reticulated giraffes left in Africa. Of course, all wildlife and livestock are suffering terribly from droughts.
We are right in the middle of what should be the small rain season in Kenya. The rains failed again. The next rainy season, or the big rains, should hopefully start in March 2022.
So, the amount of water available to livestock and wildlife has been massively reduced, and the few remaining water sources are being dominated by herders for their livestock, and they drive away giraffe from accessing the water.
The trees have stopped producing leaves, so there is less food for giraffes. This means giraffes, especially vulnerable are calves are dying of starvation and thirst.
Another sad aspect is that mothers who have had calves… Their milk has dried up because of drought and these calves are also unable to get milk and they sadly are becoming orphaned. They are left behind and can’t keep up with the others anymore.
What we are doing
Two International expert NGO’s, Wild at Life e.V. and Save the Giraffes has teamed up to bring rescue to these poor animals. Their local team estimated there are about 50 giraffes resident close to their HQ, but another up to 10,000 giraffes in the region – the teams are trying to get to and help as many of these giraffes as possible.
Working with local partners we are:
– Providing supplemental food – people are gathering acacia seed pods to feed to giraffe, we are also purchasing food pellets
– Providing supplemental water
– Trying to care for and nurture orphaned calves
– We already went through a drought and the current crisis is second rainy season failure and far fling areas. Garissa and Wajir are among the biggest counties in Kenya by area size. Most of the giraffes have no access to the river which is just in Garissa. The pods have worked but the pellets have not reached field stations yet.
– The giraffes are responding well to Acacia pods and we want to scale up this effort and establish hundreds of temporary feeding stations across the range and try introducing pellets.
– Most of the animals that are dying are young, probably due to dehydration and malnutrition. Majority of the herds are young at this time of the year and are very vulnerable to drought. We have seen cases of abandoned calves and we are trying rescue as many as possible.
– While providing water, we also employ locals to gather acacia pods and supply all the temporary stations.