West African Giraffe

Scientific Name

Giraffa camelopardalis ssp. peralta

Weight

Up to 1,300 kilograms (2,800 pounds)

Size

Up to 6 meters tall (19 feet)

Lifespan

Up to 25 years in the wild

Habitat

Forests to open plains

Diet

Herbivorous

Gestation

15 months

Predators

Lions, leopards, hyenas, wild dogs, humans

Can weigh up to
1,300
kilograms
Live in herds of about
15
members
Approximately
607
individuals left
West African Giraffe

Challenges

As human numbers go up, West African giraffe numbers go down.

Human population increase has had a severe impact on this species as a whole. As the population increased, humans began living closer to giraffes and cutting down trees, resulting in habitat loss.

Their beauty puts their lives at risk.

They are hunted, often for their tails, which are prized in many African cultures. They are also hunted for their pelt and meat.

Solutions

Our solutions to protecting and conserving the West African giraffe

Community Involvement
Work with communities living with giraffes.

AWF trained guides from a local community organization, the Association for Valorisation of the Ecotourism, to monitor this subspecies. These guides track them on motorbikes and use GPS units and cameras to follow and identify the giraffes daily. We also funded a census by the Association to Safegaurd the Giraffes of Niger.

Leaf
Replant the West African giraffe’s habitats.

AWF established village nurseries to grow seedlings in the most critically deforested habitats in our Regional Parc W landscape.

West African Giraffe
West African Giraffe

Habitats

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