OPINION: Giraffa camelopardalis peralta, the West African or Nigerien giraffe, is an endangered species found only in the semi-arid tiger bush of southern Niger, its habitat ravaged by desertification and the constant threat to natural savannah from the spread of human activity.

Anyone travelling the east-west highway linking the capital Niamey to Zinder through the dusty towns nestled against the Nigerian border will marvel at the herds, living cheek by jowl with Zarma farmers and Fulani cattle-herders, themselves threatened by rapid climate change.