//WORLD GIRAFFE DAY -21/06/2023


Kenya’s World Giraffe Day was celebrated yesterday in Habaswein, Wajir County, the main stronghold of Kenya’s Reticulated Giraffe population. The event was presided over by the Cabinet Secretary (CS), Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage, Peninah Malonza, who recognized and commended the community of Wajir County and other Northern Counties, including Garissa, Mandera, Marsabit, Isiolo, Meru, Turkana, Laikipia, and Samburu, for taking care of this endangered species.

“Kenya is home to 3 species of giraffe that include the Maasai giraffe, The Nubian Giraffe, and the Reticulated Giraffe. According to the National Wildlife Census of 2021, Kenya had an estimated population of 34,240 giraffes, of which the Maasai, Nubian and Reticulated Giraffe consisted of 13,530 animals, 970 animals, and 19,740 animals respectively.” Said the CS.

The Maasai giraffe is mainly found in Southern Kenya, specifically in Kajiado, Narok, Makueni, Kitui, Machakos, and Taita Taveta Counties. The Nubian giraffe is found in Ruma National Park in Homa Bay County, Lake Nakuru National Park and Naivasha Ranches in Nakuru County, as well as Nasalot and Kerio Valley in Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet, and Baringo Counties.

Most of these giraffe populations live on community or private land. The CS took the opportunity to thank all the communities and private individuals who have taken care of this national treasure over the years.

“To you all I say hongera. Let us continue to take care of this endangered species and ensure that they are protected for future generations,” added the CS.

The World Giraffe Day is celebrated every 21st of June each year. This annual event to celebrate the tallest animal coincides with the equinox, the Longest Day or Night of the Year, when the Sun is at the Equator. During this day, we raise support, create awareness and shed light on the challenges giraffes face in the wild.

The main challenges facing the species are recurrence of droughts due to climate change which has led to death, habitat loss and land fragmentation, poaching for commercial and subsistence purposes, among others. 

The CS was joined by the Principal Secretary State Department for Wildlife, Ms. Silvia Museiya, the Principal Secretary State Department for Culture and Heritage, Ms. Ummi Bashir, Wajir South Member of Parliament, Hon. Mohamed Adow, among other leaders.

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