Giraffa camelopardalis ssp. peralta
Up to 1,300 kilograms (2,800 pounds)
Up to 6 meters tall (19 feet)
Up to 25 years in the wild
Forests to open plains
Lions, leopards, hyenas, wild dogs, humans
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.
Our solutions to protecting and conserving the West African giraffe
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.
AWF established village nurseries to grow seedlings in the most critically deforested habitats in our Regional Parc W landscape.