World’s tallest mammal crosses Nile to new home

Giraffes crossing Ready to cross River Nile

Giraffes crossing Ready to cross River Nile

With their tall necks and spindly legs, one would think giraffes are superb swimmers just like the giant elephants. Well, no.

For years, Rothschild’s giraffes have been stuck on the northern side of the River Nile and had to be manually translocated. But it was no easy task since their unusual anatomy makes them susceptible to fractures. A girafee measures approximately 3,840sq km.

Several cars parked by the grass-thatched bandas, with camping tents dotting the nearby bush. Business was busier than usual at Tangi gate on the northern bank of Murchison Falls national park.

Veterinary doctors from across the country and a team of conservationists led by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA)’s veterinary coordinator Dr Patrick Atimnedi was prepared to move the six giraffes to the southern bank of the park, and two further to Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) in Entebbe.


Tourism Boost

UWA’s executive director Dr Andrew Seguya said this will boost tourism on the southern bank, as it comes at a time when the conservation body has just reopened the old Honeymoon game track, which had been neglected for about 20 years.

With the conservation body uncertain about the likely impact of oil developments, Seguya said they are now keen to draw more tourists to this sector, which also boasts other tourism activities such as chimpanzee tracking, birding and Samuel Baker’s trail to the top of the Murchison falls.