The Disappearing Giraffe Wall Print

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Description / The Disappearing Giraffe Wall Print

The Disappearing Giraffe © Jose Fragozo 2022. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum, London.

Natural Artistry, Highly Commended

Sensing that another train is on its way, the unmistakable form of the world’s tallest land mammal dashes between the giant pillars that carry Kenya’s new Standard Gauge Railway across Nairobi National Park. The beauty and vitality of this statuesque animal – adult giraffes can reach more than 5 metres tall – contrast starkly with the inanimate grey blocks towering alongside.

The Maasai giraffe (one of nine giraffe subspecies) bears distinctive dark brown blotches with jagged edges. Each individual has unique markings, though elements of the pattern may be passed down from mother to offspring. Such complex coat patterns may help in one or more ways, including in social communication, in temperature regulation and, possibly, in the evasion of predators and parasites. Numbers of Maasai giraffe have declined from a historic estimate of more than 63,000 individuals to 35,000 and are still decreasing. Most now live in fragmented and often degraded habitat.

The new high-speed railway, from Mombasa towards Uganda, cuts through the park bordering Kenya’s capital. Though raised on 178 giant columns to allow access beneath, its construction and operation inevitably impact wildlife. Jose tracked the agitated giraffe with his lens, as it disappeared between the pillars. His picture is symbolic of how the space for wildlife continues to be squeezed.

About the photographer (2022)

Jose lives in Ethiopia where he spends most of his time in the national parks observing and photographing wild animals, while working on mathematical models that attempt to predict their behaviour. His images have been featured worldwide in a range of publications, including National Geographic and GEO.