Giraffe Capture

Giraffe Capture

How do you capture an animal that weighs over a thousand pounds, stands over 12ft tall and has a kick powerful enough to kill a lion. The answer is teamwork. Here at the Otjiwa Game Ranch in Central Namibia, when it comes to capturing Giraffe, the team takes up positions on the ground and in the air. Leading the charge are the helicopter pilot and veterinarian. It is their job to spot the giraffe target. If the giraffe runs for too long it might die from overheating. To minimize this risk, the animal is darted with overdose of a very potent drug. These men on the ground are critical part of the team and their’s is arguably the most dangerous job in getting capture. One well placed kick from the giraffe could be fatal.
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The team ropes the giraffe to bring it down and then immediately lift its head so that the sudden rush of blood to the brain doesn’t kill the giraffe. This hood that’s placed over the giraffe’s eye helps to block out the action and relaxes the animal. Once loaded into the crate, the animal can be safely moved. This time, to much larger accommodations for the trip away from Otjiwa. There timing has to be perfect and the team has to be well coordinated to make sure she can move to this truck into that truck without injury. Again and again, for three days using various methods and pushing themselves to the limit the team captures another five giraffes. With the capture and translocation of these 6 giraffes, 3 more breeding groups will be established in areas where giraffes have been wiped out. Certainly there will be a period of adjustment for these animals. But there move is good for conservation. And so ultimately, it will be good for the giraffes. [ad#below-video]