Huge Herd Of 100+ Giraffes Bring Traffic To A Halt
This is the moment when safari operator Exaud Marandu witnessed the incredible sight of a herd of giraffes halting traffic to get over the road.
The giant herd, numbering over 100 all began to cross in unison, causing Marandu to stop his car to let them pass.
Marandu, who said that he didn’t mind the delay at all, was driving through the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
He noted that even for a seasoned nature guide for him, this was still a rare event to be able to witness.
Marandu is the director of Utopia Safaris, a tour company in Tanzania, and although he is no stranger to wildlife, he says moments like this never get old.
Tanzania is home to the Masai giraffe. According to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, it is seen as the national animal of the east African country and the species is protected.
It is illegal to kill, wound, capture and hunt giraffes. Across Tanzania and Kenya, there are estimated to be 45,400 Masai giraffes—down from 71,000 about 30 years ago.
The biggest threats facing the species is the expansion of humans into their range. Habitat loss and fragmentation as a result of agriculture has placed pressure on these creatures, while illegal poaching has also affected their numbers.
Giraffes are the tallest land animal on Earth. Calves can be around six foot when they are born, while adults normally reach around 16 foot.
Masai giraffes differ from other subspecies in that they are darker, with their patches being large and dark brown. Their patches are surrounded by lighter brown hair.
The Masai giraffe is currently listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List as endangered.