It’s World Giraffe Day, and we have a fitting new project that really needs your help!
Northern Kenya is a vast, varied, and breathtakingly beautiful landscape, home to some of the most spectacular and important wildlife in East Africa. This is a place where wildlife, people, and livestock have co-existed for thousands of years. It’s also where you’ll find the “towers of the savanna,” reticulated giraffes. They are one of Africa’s most popular animals, and yet they are still little studied and not well understood. There is much to learn about these giraffes, but before we have even begun to delve into their mysteries, they are being threatened. It is now clear that they need conservation efforts to keep them from becoming extinct.
This project seeks to count, identify, and track the giraffes in conservation field sites, along with the other animals that share the habitat, to better understand the behavior, movements, and population numbers of the wildlife found here. Your job is to help us look through the tens of thousands of photos taken by trail cameras placed in strategic spots throughout the sites. The information we gather from these photos will help us and the local communities develop plans to help save these magnificent animals.
Get involved right now at www.zooniverse.org/projects/sandiegozooglobal/wildwatch-kenya.