We spotted Ninja observing from high on a hill along the river bank before taking to the shade for a rest. He was near, but not part of, the larger all female and youngster herd that fellow adopt giraffe ‘Kunene’ was with that day. Males need to be in the right place at the right time for breeding opportunities. Ninja seems to have perfect timing as some of the females in that herd are expecting very soon. It’s possible he sired some or could be the father to be for next time. Paternity (father/sire) is not easily determined as giraffe don’t mate for life and males don’t take part in calf rearing. Either way Ninja is a dominant bull that knows his way around the ladies.
About Giraffe Conservation Foundation
Every donation supports our work with local and international partners, affecting over 100 million acres of giraffe habitat.
The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) is the only NGO in the world that concentrates solely on the conservation and management of giraffe in the wild throughout Africa. We are dedicated to securing a future for all giraffe populations in the wild.
Our conservation story started in Namibia, where we have studied several giraffe populations for over two decades now. Our findings have directly impacted the global understanding of giraffe and how best to save them. It was the GCF team that first realized that there are four different species of giraffe (and not only one as previously thought). Our pioneering work in Africa also led to global recognition of giraffe’s silent extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
However, our work is not done—there is still so much to learn. It is only through better understanding that we can develop targeted, sustainable conservation strategies with the local people who share their space with wildlife to secure the long-term future of giraffe in Africa.
We envision a world where all giraffe can live wild and free within their historical ranges or habitats throughout Africa and are protected by the people around them.
Join us on our journey and help save giraffe today, before it’s too late tomorrow.