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We are pleased to share that 13 giraffe have been successfully introduced to Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi for the first time! These giraffe travelled 2,500 km by truck, over three days, from South Africa to Malawi. They were monitored throughout their historic journey to ensure the safety of all of the animals, and were fully assessed before being released into Majete – where we are happy to share they are all doing very well . This translocation couldn’t have come at a better time, as just last Wednesday, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species announced the worrying news that several giraffe subspecies are now Critically Endangered. But these giraffe have found a safe haven in Majete. These 13 giraffe follow a host of other animals who were reintroduced to Majete over the years – a total of 2,900 animals from 14 species including elephants, rhinos, lions and buffalo. Today, these wildlife populations are thriving and have grown to more than 12,000 animals who currently living within the reserve – with not one rhino or elephant having been lost to poaching since their introductions in 2003 and 2006. The restoration of Majete would not have been possible without the support of the local communities. And now, they have an opportunity to come and see giraffe for the very first time, living safely in the park that they themselves have helped to protect. This translocation effort was undertaken in partnership with Giraffe Conservation Foundation and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, with additional support provided by the Sundaram Family. Click the link below to read the full press release and join with us in welcoming these giraffe to their new, and safe home:
Majete’s restoration was made possible with the critical support from partners including The Wyss Foundation, WWF-Belgium and the People’s Postcode Lottery, with additional support for the translocation provided by Illovo Sugar and Nkhanga Essential Support Services, Mozambique’s Administracao Nacional de Areas de Conservacao (ANAC) and Markus Jebsen.