Garissa Community Giraffe Sanctuary Description

Garissa Community Giraffe Sanctuary is hosted by Bour-Algi village, south of Garissa town and was set to host internally displace giraffe that had been affected by the Kenya/Somali border skirmishes. Its name stems from the large presence of giraffes attracted by the abundant acacia trees.Garissa Community Giraffe Sanctuary

Community-based natural resource management programmes are crucial for the survival of wildlife populations because communities have a greater interest in the sustainable use of natural resources around them more than the centralized or distant government or private management institutions. The Garissa Sanctuary giraffe conservation project is a community based conservation initiative with the sole objective of conserving the reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata). The project focuses on the conservation and management of this species that once occurred throughout much of the horn of Africa, but is now, largely confined to Northern Kenya. In so doing the project will:

establish community-based ecological monitoring systems for the Sanctuary,
improve and expand security operations within the sanctuary, and
will undertake a preliminary assessment and ecological research within the Sanctuary.
Further, the project will work to promote capacity building and make management recommendations for the long-term compatibility of wildlife, livestock, and pastoralists in Garissa District. Results from this project will provide sorely-needed information on the basic ecology and natural history of these giraffe, and will form the basis of conservation and monitoring of this range restricted species in its native range in north-eastern Kenya.

Garissa Community Giraffe Sanctuary contacts

Attraction Type:    Wildlife
Category:    Animal Sanctuary
Region:     Northern
City / Town:    Garissa
Road / Street:    A3 Garissa
Telephone:     254 20 260 3243
Entrance Fee:    Yes

Garissa Community Giraffe Sanctuary