Wild Nature Institute just completed our 51st survey for giraffe photographic identification! We've been conducting these surveys over the past 9 years in the Tarangire-Manyara Ecosystem. In early 2019, we trained an all-Tanzanian crew to conduct the photographic surveys, so instead of 2 surveys per season (3 seasons/year) we now conduct 3 surveys per season, one by our "Team Alpha" Tanzanian crew. In this way we not only collect more data but also teach Tanzanians to do this giraffe research so it can continue in perpetuity.
Now we're off to Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area to begin collecting our second year of giraffe photographic identification data in these protected areas. Our goal is to compare birth, death, and movement rates in the Serengeti-Ngorongoro Ecosystem with rates from a similar study conducted 10 years ago, and with the Tarangire-Manyara Ecosystem.
As always we are incredibly grateful to our wonderful donors, without whom we could not do this giraffe conservation research. Thanks especially to #ColumbusZoo, #SacramentoZoo, #TulsaZoo, #TierparkBerlin, #ZooMiami, #ComoParkZoo, #CincinnatiZoo, #SafariWest, #SaveTheGiraffes, and Sacramento Chapter of the AAZK.
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