Giraffes in Botswana

Giraffes are widely distributed throughout the northern and central parts of Botswana as far south as Khutse Game Reserve and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Botswana Tourism Board – Giraffe

Northern Botswana Giraffe Population Study

The taxonomic classification of Botswana’s giraffe is currently unknown, listed as either Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa (Cape or Southern giraffe) or G.c. angolensis (Angolan giraffe) – depending on which taxonomic reference one uses. Their classification has been based on the distinct geographic region in which they reside, and as such the limited capacity of other populations to migrate to or from this region, as well as their distinctive pelage (spot) pattern.

Although numbers of Botswana’s giraffe are assumed to be stable – approximately 11 000 individuals reported in 1998 and again in 2004 – there has been no targeted effort or accurate estimate of the population. The limited surveys, coupled with sketchy information, indicate that the population still resides mostly in and around protected areas. Recent genetic research further highlight that many of the historically classified (sub)species of giraffe are genetically distinct at a species level.

Wildlife Extra News – White Giraffe seen In Botswana

The extremely rare white giraffe was seen and photographed by Mrs K Little in Botswana in 2006. Another white giraffe was recorded in Tanzania in 1993, but records are very few and far between.

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