Rods Child Giraffe adds to Longcharo highland scenic beauty

The Rods Child Giraffe.

By Tom Chepsoi

Baringo County prides itself with enormous rich heritage ripe for tourism across the north rift corridor.

This gift is laced with a rare species of Rods Child Giraffe popularly known as Baringo Giraffe.

The species is under threat of extinction with 12 in Kenya and several in Mt Moroto in Northern Uganda.

The dotted Giraffe with spectacular white marks on its leg and black whisk is mostly hunted for its skin, meat and its black whisk by both pastoralist for its whisk popular in serious ceremonies and game.

Charles Letatei is the Chief Warden at the Long’charo highland in Ruko Conservancy within Lake Baringo said they relocated the endangered species from mainland in Soysambu in Gilgil to the Lake for proper and manageable surveillance.

Baringo County CEC in charge of Tourism Dr Mourine Rotich said the Giraffe is a gift and they protect it for the communities and its future prospect of tourism.

L. Baringo has seven highlands- Kokwa, Long’charo, Lempakany, Devil’s highland, Lekorosi.

Some of them have shrined down at the northern end with 7 hotels in L. Baringo, Sandai, tamarind garden, Roberts camp, Soi safari lodge, Tumbili cliff, Highland camp, Samatian, Desert rose, L. Baringo block hotel swallowed by rising waters.

The region has a Snake park over 150 visitors in a year Fresh Water Lake with Endemic Baringo tilapia, cat fish, mud fish etc, labeo, crocodiles, hippos, girrafes at the highland.