giraffe management

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Due to their long necks and high blood pressure, giraffe pose unique handling problems. Giraffe can be captured in a mass capture boma if all the conditions are suitable. It is however, more common to dart individuals one at a time. This allows a specific age, sex and sized giraffe to be captured with minimal stress.

Giraffe have a loose herd structure made up of mostly females and young although bachelor and mixed herds are common place. Leadership of a herd is arbitrary and herds rarely consist of the same individuals for more than a few days. Groups remain in favoured home ranges and are initially reluctant to move.





Best results can be achieved from the helicopter by applying moderate pressure initially, pulling back to allow the animals space to move away from the noise at their own pace. It will be necessary to apply moderate pressure from behind or from the sides from time to time when the group stops, until such time as they are positioned where you want them. It is vital that the ground team has experience in handling giraffe as the technique involved in capturing, roping and loading these animals requires well co-ordinated team work and patience.