A dozen South African giraffes were securely brought to Mozambique earlier this month, after a year and a half of logistical and administrative challenges.
They were moved to the Karingani Game Reserve in the country’s south, which also has lions and elephants.
The conservation group argues that restocking the park’s giraffe population is “just the beginning” of its ambitious intentions to develop a much larger population in Mozambique.
According to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, it collaborates with activists in Cameroon, Namibia, Uganda, and other countries to “stand tall and be a voice for giraffe [sic].”
The conservation status of giraffes in Mozambique is currently classified as “Vulnerable” by the IUCN. This means that they face a high risk of extinction in the wild if appropriate conservation measures are not implemented.
Giraffes in Mozambique, like in many other African countries, face several threats to their survival.
Habitat loss due to human activities such as agriculture, logging, and infrastructure development is one of the primary concerns. As human populations expand and encroach upon giraffe habitats, the available space for these animals diminishes.