• Short Summary

    THE SPREAD OF CIVILIZATION OVER THOUSANDS OF YEARS HAS ERODED THE NATURAL DOMAINS OF THE GIRAFFE FROM SOUTHERN EUROPE AND INDIA, AND A GREAT PART OF AFRICA.

  • Description

    THE SPREAD OF CIVILIZATION OVER THOUSANDS OF YEARS HAS ERODED THE NATURAL DOMAINS OF THE GIRAFFE FROM SOUTHERN EUROPE AND INDIA, AND A GREAT PART OF AFRICA. NOW IT IS ONLY FOUND IN A COMPARATIVELY SMALL REGION OF ARICA SOUTH OF THE SAHARA. THERE ARE MANY SPECIES OF GIRAFFES AND THERE ARE FEARS THAT SOME OF THE RARE VARIETIES WILL SOON DIE OUT ALTOGETHER UNLESS SOME SERIOUS MEASURES ARE TAKEN TO PREVENT THIS. AS A RESULT DR. JOHN KING, A YOUNG VETERINARY SURGEON, IS LEADING A PARTY OF ANIMAL TRAPPERS AND GAME WARDENS IN AN ATTEMPT TO MOVE A BREEDING NUCLEUS OF ROTHCHILD GIRAFFES TO A SPECIAL RESERVE IN KENYA.

    AT SOY, IN KENYA, THE ONLY KNOWN HERD OF ROTHCHILD GIRAFFES HAS DWINDLED TO 110. NOW 20 OF THESE ARE TO BE MOVED TO THE MARALAL GAME RESERVE, ABOUT 150 MILES (240 KILOMETRES) AWAY, WHERE IT IS THOUGHT THAT THEY WILL HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF SURVIVAL.

    BECAUSE OF THEIR EXTREMELY NERVOUS DISPOSITION, THEIR ENORMOUS HEIGHT - MORE THAN 18 FEET (6 METRES) IN SOME CASES, AND FRAILTY, GIRAFFES HAVE PROVED EXTREMELY DIFFICULT ANIMALS TO MOVE SUCCESSFULLY.

    SEVERAL PREVIOUS ATTEMPTS TO MOVE THESE GIRAFFES HAVE FAILED, BUT DR. KING HAS FOUND A SUCCESSFUL NEW METHOD OF CAPTURING THE ANIMALS.

    THE GIRAFFES ARE SHOT WITH A HYPODERMIC DART CONTAINING A DRUG WHICH DOESN'T KNOCK THEM OUT, BUT MERELY MAKES THEM WANDER OFF FROM THE HERD WITH A HAZY FEELING. FEELING AS IT DOES, THE GIRAFFE DOESN'T PANIC WHEN IT SEES MEN APPROACHING IN A LAND-ROVER, AND IS COMPARATIVELY EASY TO LASSOCO. BUT EVEN THEN IT OFTEN INVOLVES A LONG CHASE FOR THE HUNTERS FOR A CANTERING GIRAFFE CAN REACH 30 MILES AN HOUR (48 KPH) AND SOON COVERS QUITE A DISTANCE.

    IN THE FIRST WEEK OF THE HUNT LED BY DR. KING, AND ASSISTED BY THE NOTED ANIMAL TRAPPER WILLIE KILIAN, THE HUNTERS CAUGHT NINE GIRAFFES. THE GIRAFFES WERE PUT IN A HOLDING CAMP WHILE THE HUNT FOR ANOTHER 11 CONTINUED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2XPOP3K95F96LXKKQF7Y5K8RO
    Media URN:
    VLVA2XPOP3K95F96LXKKQF7Y5K8RO
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/11/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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