Research published today in a special giraffe and okapi issue of the African Journal of Ecology reveals new information on these surprisingly enigmatic African cousins. Researchers warn that immediate action must be taken to secure the future of both giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) and okapi (Okapia johnstoni) before it is too late.
We have recently added a third poster to our series of giraffe conservation posters. This latest addition focuses on giraffe subspecies, their differences in appearance and their distribution in Africa. These posters, together with the Giraffe Conservation Guide booklet provide the most up-to-date conservation information on giraffe in Africa. GCF's latest research findings have been included to update the giraffe distribution map on this new poster.
In December 2014, as part of the collaborative efforts of GCF and Dartmouth College in partnership with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC), PhD student and researcher Michael B. Brown travelled to Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda to continue ongoing research and monitoring of the largest wild population of Rothschild's giraffe.
As a small organisation, GCF continues to be a driving force for giraffe conservation all across Africa. The financial year 2013/14 was a busy year for GCF, where we developed new partnerships in Africa and internationally, brought together people during the second ‘wild’ Giraffe Indaba, developed beautiful information materials and implemented giraffe conservation projects in several African range States - to name just a few activities and achievements.
There are an estimated 30-40 Kordofan giraffe remaining in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). African Parks Network recently enlisted GCF’s help in an attempt to secure a sustainable future for this giraffe population. GCF’s Executive Director and Conservation Scientist Dr Julian Fennessy and GCF Associate Francois Deacon from the University of the Free State embarked on a rather eventful mission to Garamba National Park to come up with a plan to save these giraffe.
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.
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?
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.
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.