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GCF has been spearheading a long-term project to investigate the genetic mystery of giraffe for over ten years now. To date samples have been collected and analysed of most major giraffe populations across Africa and we are close to solving this puzzle. There are just a few key populations remaining that still need to be sampled for DNA before we can hopefully figure out giraffe taxonomy once and for all. In December 2014 a GCF team travelled to Zambia in order to collect samples in Mosi-oa-Tunya and Sioma Ngwezi National Parks.

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Are you good at numbers and finance? Do you live in the UK? Are you passionate about nature and wildlife conservation? Do you really want to make a difference? Have you ever thought about volunteering for an amazing cause - such as saving giraffe in the wild?

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Under the title ‘Sticking your neck out for giraffe - before it is too late!’ GCF Executive Director and co-founder Julian Fennessy will give a talk at Chester Zoo, UK on Tuesday 3 February 2015 at 19:30. The talk is hosted by Fauna & Flora International North West Group and this is your chance to meet Julian and get involved in giraffe conservation in Africa. We hope to see you there.

Kivuli and Mpenzi (c) Patti Truesdell

What better ambassador for giraffe conservation in Africa than a baby giraffe? Mpenzi, a reticulated giraffe calf recently born at Detroit Zoo is helping to secure his cousins' future in the wild.

South African giraffe calf (c) Julian Fennessy, GCF

While giraffe numbers have plummeted across the African continent in recent years, they are still relatively widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa. Giraffe are currently and widely recognised as one species and nine (sub)species, based on a combination of distribution, coat pattern, morphology and some genetic data. These subspecies are geographically very distinct. In a recent study, the distribution of two (sub)species that live in close proximity in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa has been further investigated and the results have just been published.

Field Report

With an estimated population of less than 1,100 Rothschild’s giraffe remaining in the wild, these giraffe belong to one of the most endangered (sub)species. GCF together with a number of partners have embarked on setting up a Rothschild’s giraffe conservation project in Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park - the home of the largest known wild population of Rothschild’s giraffe, while also providing technical support to all Uganda Wildlife Authority giraffe conservation efforts in the country. 

Dr Julian Fennessy

GCF is excited to announce that Dr. Julian Fennessy, co-founder of GCF, has been appointed as the first Executive Director with immediate effect. After many years of dedicating his time and energy to saving giraffe in the wild as a volunteer Trustee, Dr Fennessy has been appointed to build out the operational centre from our African base in Windhoek, Namibia.

Giraffid 8(1) 2014

Giraffid is the newsletter of the IUCN SSC Giraffe & Okapi Specialist Group (GOSG). The latest issue can be downloaded from the GCF website now. Giraffid, and its predecessor Giraffa, has been published since 2006 and it is getting increasingly popular. The number of downloads from the GCF website averages well over 4,200 per issue. Make sure you don't miss this informative read on in and ex situ giraffe and okapi research and conservation.

Researchers in the field

GCF’s long-term conservation initiative focusing on Namibia’s desert-dwelling giraffe is well underway. Dr Julian Fennessy has recently returned from a field trip to Northwest Namibia where GCF continues the first ever long-term conservation research effort on the Angolan giraffe. Julian was accompanied by two American giraffe zoo keepers.