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The art and science of giraffe immobilization

The art and science of giraffe immobilization

Giraffes have a unique anatomy and physiology, making them one of the most challenging species to safely immobilize. Their large size makes them difficult to handle and their characteristically long neck, if not controlled, can create a danger to itself and the capture team. The chemical immobilization of giraffes dates back to the 1960’s, when increasing doses of succinylcholine was used to paralyze animals. Since then, many advances have been made to refine the drug combinations used and today, giraffes can safely be captured, walked into trailers and transported thanks to the pioneering work of veterinarians in the field. For more on the anaesthesia of this unique species, download this article by renowned vets, Dr Cobus Raath, Dr Mitch Bush and Dr Douw Grobler: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/eca2/f3bf785d005ca0f37be867a06291ab3e7671.pdf?_ga=2.250106950.1197323994.1586853602-417917509.1574238585