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UWA Translocates 15 Giraffes to Lake Mburo National Park

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The Uganda giraffe, also known as Rothschilds giraffe, is one of the most endangered giraffe subspecies, with only a few hundred members in the wild. They estimated to be not more than 1600 in the world. About 700 of them are in captivity around the world and about 800 can be found in the wild with the biggest population in Uganda
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Giraffes prepared for translocation from Murchison Falls National Park to Lake Mburo Conservation Area on Tuesday June 30
Up to Fifteen giraffes are being trans-located from Murchison Falls National Park in northern Uganda to Lake Mburo in western Uganda today, in a new strategy to ensure survival of the endangered species

The Uganda giraffe, also known as Rothschild\'s giraffe, is one of the most endangered giraffe subspecies, with only a few hundred members in the wild.  They estimated to be not more than 1600 in the world. About 700 of them are in captivity around the world and about 800 can be found in the wild with the biggest population in Uganda.

One major distinguishing feature of Rothschild\'s giraffe, although harder to spot, is the number of ossicones on the head. This is the only subspecies to be born with five ossicones. Two of these are the larger and more obvious ones at the top of the head, which are common to all giraffes.

The third ossicone can often be seen in the center of the giraffe\'s forehead, and the other two are behind each ear. They are also taller than many other subspecies, measuring up to six meters tall (20 ft).

Uganda Wildlife Authority says that more trans locations will be made in future to Queen Elizabeth National Park and also the Southern Bank sector of Murchison Falls National Park.

The giraffes will also help to forage a weed, acacia hockii, which has been growing out of hand in recent years.