Via boat of course. Check out the photos below. As someone obsessed w/Africa and all things safari I am DYING over this – I wish the photos were much much bigger -
From the release:
Samatian Island Lodge, a part of The Safari and Conservation Company, The Kenya Wildlife Service and The Northern Rangelands Trust today announce a first for conservation in Kenya as eight Baringo Giraffe, a sub-species that have not existed in their native area of Lake Baringo for over 70 years, were finally brought home.
Through the combined efforts of the NRT, Samatian Island Lodge and local Pokot and Njemps communities, these endangered Rothschild giraffe, originally named Baringo giraffe, were trans-located to Ruko Game Conservancy by barge, making this the first ever attempt to carry giraffe across water in Kenya.
The project, supported and executed by The Northern Rangelands Trust and Samatian Island Lodge (a luxury camp situated on a private island in Lake Baringo,), took four years to plan as, according to NRT director Ian Craig, giraffe are some of the most difficult animals to move.
Prior to the translocation, the giraffe were captured and spent weeks in a holding pen at Soysambu Conservancy in the Great Rift Valley in order that they would be calm enough to make the journey across the water. They left a frosty Soysambu at midnight and arrived on the lakes shore as the sun was rising over the Lakipia escarpment. The eight giraffe were loaded onto a boat, a restored landing craft, in two groups and were ferried across the lake, a journey of an hour and a half, to their new home. They have been released into a holding pen for one week to allow them to adjust to their new environment.
The giraffe joined a herd of 30 impala already successfully relocated to Ruko in 2010. Ruko has long been an ideal habitat for giraffe with a large number of acacia tortillas for the giraffe to eat. The core area of the conservancy is a seasonal island, therefore as the population expands it will be possible to extend their habitat (as the lake goes down) into the larger conservation area of 19,000 acres.
The project has been a collaboration with the local community who own the conservancy and whose rangers have helped out with the capture. The community already receives $60 per head in conservation fees from each Samatian guest, which goes towards educating their children.
Lake Baringo is one of Kenya’s major lakes. Famous for its incredible bird life, which attracts thousands of ornithologists a year, Lake Baringo is a popular tourist destination for the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit Kenya every year on safari.