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 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.
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.
While the success of the first ever World Giraffe Day has certainly stolen the limelight from other GCF initiatives, preparations for the third Giraffe Indaba are well under way. Giraffe Indaba III will be jointly hosted by GCF and the IUCN SSC Giraffe & Okapi Specialist Group (GOSG) and will take place in South Africa at the end of August 2015.
The GCF Board of Trustees is searching for new UK-based Trustees with marketing, fundraising or legal perspectives to add to the skill set of the current Board. These voluntary positions are of strategic importance to GCF’s continued growth and development as the world's leading giraffe conservation organisation.
With World Giraffe Day - 21 June 2014 just around the corner, one of GCF's VIP Donors - the Leiden Conservation Foundation - has decided to really stick their neck out for giraffe conservation this year.