Julian Fennessy

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  1. Thanks All Keen to find out the status of giraffe in C.A.R. We did the first Country Profile for the country last year (http://www.giraffeconservation.org/prj_downloads.php?cid=247&prjid=25) but difficult to find up-to-date information, contacts, data, etc. Is the population being further decimated or unknown? Any feedback would be great! Keep up the great work... Cheers Julian
  2. Looking for a new career making a difference? The Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF) is seeking a new Director. If you think this is the job for you then have a look at: http://www.nnf.org.na/NNF_pages/consultancies.htm
  3. Thanks Dr Clay for the interesting snippet - I remember being sent some photos from you via Elephants Without Borders some years ago. We would be happy to publish something in the next Giraffa newsletter (newsletter of the IUCN SSC ASG International Giraffe Working Group and Giraffe Conservation Foundation - www.giraffeconservation.org) if interested. The Working Group have also been contacted about the skin infection - by Africa Geographic and other researchers, interesting timing. I and others have seen various skin infections on giraffe across the continent, not all of which is the papilloma virus e.g. Rothchild's giraffe in Soysambu Conservancy, Kenya, and Murchison Falls NP, Uganda; Angolan giraffe in north-west Namibia; Masai giraffe in Serengeti; Cape giraffe in Kruger; etc. On some private game ranches South Africa they euthanize affected animals to prevent infection to other animals as it is a business and likely difficult to sell 'different' giraffe. Additionally, more and more cases of Giraffe Skin Disease (GSD) have been observed, though few seem to be badly affected. It is common in Tarangire NP and in Ruaha - up to 80% incidence in Ruaha. Vets in Tanzania suspect it is caused by a nematode but don't have definitive evidence. A couple of papers on giraffe (and other animal) virsuses have come out lately including the following if interested: Williams, J.H., van Dyk, E., Nel, P.J., Lane, E., van Wilpe, E., Bengis, R.G., de Klerk-Lorist, L.-M. & van Heerden, J. 2011. Pathology and immunohistochemistry of papillomavirus-associated cutaneous lesions in Cape mountain zebra, giraffe, sable antelope and African buffalo in South Africa. Jl. S. Afr. Vet. Ass. 82(2): 97-106. Detection and characterisation of papillomavirus in skin lesions of giraffe and sable antelope in South Africa E. van Dyk, A-M Bosman, E. van Wilpe, J. H. Williams, R. G. Bengis, J. van Heerden, E. H. Venter It's a shame that there's so little information available about disease prevalence and effects on giraffes, but it's great that we can share our observations on this forum and get a sense of what conditions are being observed throughout the giraffe's range. Look forward to chatting more. Regards Julian

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