There are some new kids on the block out on the African Savannah with Giraffe males, Njanu and Kindu, joining our resident bachelor boys, Mbala and Alonge.
The new males have come from the main Giraffe exhibit at the Zoo and have been very curious about their new surroundings ever since they were let out on to the savannah. The new males have been exploring and constantly moving about the exhibit checking out new scents and sights while stripping the bark of the trees they can reach.
Mbala and Alonge were extremely interested in the newly-arrived males and were following them like shadows! They are all settling in well together and developing bonds with each other. Mbala and Njanu are particularly good buddies and have a pretty tight relationship, so tight that Mbala doesn’t like the others getting too close to Njanu.
The four boys are all very attentive though and love the keeper truck or to them ‘meals on wheels on the savannah’ and are always trying to check out what goodies us keepers have on the truck for them. If they are sneaky they will try and steal leaves or a mouthful of the Eland’s food when we are not looking.
Working with these Giraffes makes it hard to believe these amazing creatures are hunted for bush meat. Numbers of this iconic species are declining with 40% drop in the wild due to poaching and habitat encroachment by farmers. You can help the Giraffe by supporting programs such as Beads for Wildlife. Proceeds from our visitors buying the colourful beadwork jewellery made by Kenyan women provides other income so their farmer husbands don’t have to graze stock where giraffes live. Less livestock means less pressure on water and food for wildlife such as the Giraffe.
By Keeper, Carolene Magner