Occasionally, I wax personal here. In September we are going to Zambia (google it!). We will be out walking with the critters - lions and other big cats, elephants, hippos, giraffes, ... Here is a map of Africa showing ranges of various sub-species of giraffe. The little purple splotch is in Zambia where we will be, hopefully, out walking with the giraffes.
I bother you with this map for another reason. In the absence of a map of the giraffe's ranges 100, 200, 300 years ago, I find it disturbing that the areas of the map WITHOUT giraffes is so large. Where did they go? (If you have or can link to such a map showing changes in giraffe ranges, let me know and I will post it.)