Meet Murchison, Chester Zoo’s New Giraffe Calf

Published on : Wednesday, January 25, 2017

unnamed (8)Uganda tourist board is delighted to hear that a four-week-old giraffe calf has been named after one of the countries top National Parks, Murchison. Murchison was seen giving his long legs a stretch during his outdoor debut at Chester Zoo last week.

This rare Rothschild’s giraffe calf born on Boxing Day at Chester Zoo has been named Murchison after Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda, due to is largest remaining population of Rothschild’s giraffes.

Rothschild’s giraffes are one of the most endangered subspecies of giraffe; in fact they are one of the worlds most rare and at risk species. The birth of this new calf helps to put the Rothschild’s back in spotlight, creating awareness of the pressures giraffes face in the wild. Recent estimates suggest that less than 1,600 individuals remain in the wild, primarily as a result of poaching and habitat loss.

Last year Chester Zoo’s giraffe experts travelled to Uganda to assist with conservation efforts working to protect the animals in the wild. The zoo’s team – alongside project partners The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) – helped conduct the first ever census on the Rothschild’s giraffe in an attempt to better understand why one of the last remaining populations in Uganda has not grown in recent years.

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