Officials have described the birth of twin giraffes in a Kenyan national park as a “very rare occurrence.”
Najib Balala, the cabinet secretary for tourism, shared a photo of the new family on Twitter to announce the birth on Tuesday.
In a tweet posted by the nation’s Wildlife Service, he added, “We welcome the new borns with affection.”
The Nairobi National Park, a 117-square-kilometer property close to Kenya’s capital city, is where the Masai giraffes were born.
However, despite such positive news, the species is still in jeopardy as a result of decades-long decline.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, between 1977 and 2015, the number of Masai giraffes in Kenya decreased by 63 percent, from about 32,000 to 12,000 animals.
According to the organization, many of the regions where giraffes typically reside have rising human populations as well as changes in how land is used.
But all is not doom and gloom. Newer surveys reveal that the species has been expanding since 2015.
Since 2015, when fewer than 100,000 giraffes were counted in the wild, their numbers have increased generally as well.
117,000 giraffes were discovered in the wild in 2021, a 20 percent increase from 2015.
The southern giraffe, which is the most prevalent of the four giraffe species, appears to have maintained a steady population at around 48,000. It can be found throughout South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and other countries.
Additionally, the same investigation discovered 45,000 Masai giraffe in total, an apparent rise of 44% from 2015. Southern Kenya and Tanzania are home to Masai giraffes.
Instead of a significant rise in population, a large portion of this apparent expansion is probably the consequence of improved surveying methods. However, substantial conservation initiatives are also believed to have contributed to the animals’ population increase.
But giraffe populations continue to decline significantly in some locations, making it difficult for them to survive and prosper.
According to conservationists, the creatures continue to face major risks from poaching, habitat destruction, and climate change.