DR. JULIAN FENNESSY
Organization: Giraffe Conservation Foundation
Research: Saving the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe: support to snare monitoring in Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park
Species/Topic: Rothschild's giraffe
Abstract: The project is a collaborative conservation effort seeking to minimize the impact of snaring in the Rothschild’s giraffe last stronghold, Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda. The ongoing monitoring and removal of snares set by poachers to capture giraffe (and other wildlife) for bush meat is core to the success of the project. Additionally, the recording of all snare data will be used to develop simple computer‐aided models to help identify hotpots and enable the Uganda Wildlife Authority to prioritize efforts in future. This immediate threat will be supported by the development of relevant Uganda‐specific giraffe conservation education materials which in collaboration with the Uganda Wildlife Education Center will be shared with, discussed and distributed to individuals and groups increasing country‐wide awareness their plight. In short, this threat needs immediate attention and the project seeks to both understand the impact whilst actively removing them and educating local Ugandans.