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Tuesday, 25th of May at 16h40 during the giraffe survey, Projects Abroad volunteers and Staff saw a giraffe giving birth.
First we didn’t know what was happening because there was only part of a leg showing. Tonny, not wanting to disturb the giraffe drove away some distance while explaining that the giraffe was giving birth. We stood for 20 minutes to identify the giraffe as Peggy. Returning an hour later a second leg was visible.
We observed the situation with the aid of binoculars for one and a half hours and decided to let Peggy do the work quietly. We were all a bit stressed because the process was taking long and we were concerned an issue would occur as it was her first baby (Sarah, another giraffe’s baby became stuck while giving birth and would have died without the intervention of the veterinary an). Moreover, we were worried because it was 19h, approaching dusk, the time at which the hyenas start to hunt. The next morning we were scheduled for the tree nursery but decided to redo a giraffe survey to observe the baby and make sure the birth went well after we left. At 11h, we saw the baby and 15 more giraffe.
They were all licking and sniffing the baby to welcome it. It was a very beautiful show. We didn’t actually identify the mother, assuming it was Peggy as we saw her giving birth the day before. We took a lot of pictures. The next day, Thursday, we decided to follow Peggy and its new born giraffe while doing activity pattern to know more about the behavior of a mother and a baby giraffe. We took more pictures of the baby. On Saturday 6th of June (one and a half weeks later), two baby giraffe standing side by side were photographed by a new volunteer upon arrival to Kigio.
Everyone was very glad to see that a new baby was born in Kigio. Wondering which the new mom was, Monday morning’s giraffe survey group were pleased to spot a baby and revealed Yasmin to be the new mom. However, during Tuesday’s giraffe survey, according to the previous photo they had before the picture of the baby taken on the Wednesday, 28th of May (the day after they saw Peggy giving birth), they noticed that Peggy’s baby was with Yasmin and vice versa. Moreover, the baby which was supposed to be Peggy’s child had three little dots on the bottom left of its neck like Yasmin does. Something was strange. The volunteers thought they were incorrect and checked all the pictures they had from Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th of May. We discovered that the day after they saw Peggy giving birth, they followed and took pictures of Yasmin and her baby. The group of 17 giraffe on Wednesday was welcoming Yasmin’s baby and not Peggy’s baby. The conclusion is that Yasmin and Peggy gave birth almost at the same time which is quite amazing. Now the population of Kigio rothhschild’s giraffe stands at 28 individuals.
Stephane Azara (Projects Abroad Volunteer from France)
Waking up hungry and not knowing what to eat or drink at home keeps children thronging at the various placements we work in, reason behind it this is the only place they can get a meal they might have each day. Poverty in their home and their jobless or sick and some abusive parents offer no solution to their sad situations, besides this Projects Abroad volunteers working in their schools is also a major attraction to this kids and the parents who gain pride in having their children taught by a foreigner.
A visit to their homes leaves most of the volunteers shocked, mainly on how human beings can leave under such conditions, poorly aerated houses, no electricity, small houses that are not even fit to host one person but more than five members of one family living in them. Outside sewage runs past their houses and children are exposed to severe and deadly diseases in their daily play. This has not deterred these children from thirsting for an education that can uplift them from their present predicament.