Derek Lee, Ph.D.
Wild Nature Institute
Project GIRAFFE: GIRAFFE Facing Fragmentation Effects monitors births, deaths, and movements of more than 2,100 individual giraffes in an area over 1,350 square miles by using a special computer program that recognizes each giraffe’s unique fur pattern from photographs. Wildlife habitat is increasingly fragmented by humans and our giraffe conservation research is discovering where giraffes are doing well, where they are not, and why. We focus on Masai giraffes, a type whose numbers have gone down by 50% in recent times. Our research provides data-driven guidance for effective conservation actions in an ever more fragmented world, and ensures the future of wild giraffes and all creatures of the savanna.