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Video – 4 Species or 1?

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Are there four giraffe species or only one? Why is this an important question and what does it actually mean? The team of ‘The Science of …’ explains giraffe genetics and conservation implications in simple terms. Watch this video to find your answers.

GCF Update – February 2017

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2016 was a big year for giraffe and GCF. We have continued to make a mark in giraffe conservation in Africa and have managed to get some well-deserved international attention to our long-necked friends. Find out about all these exciting giraffe news in the GCF Update.

IUCN Red List confirms: Giraffe are under threat

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The iconic giraffe, one of the world’s most recognisable animals and the tallest land mammal, has moved from ‘Least Concern’ to ‘Vulnerable’ in the newly released International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Widespread across southern and eastern Africa, with smaller isolated populations in west and central Africa, new population surveys estimate an overall decline of up to 40% in the global giraffe population over the last 30 years.

Poster: Kenya’s Giraffe – Conservation Guide

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Kenya can be considered a giraffe ‘hotspot’, with three of the now four distinct giraffe species occurring in the country: reticulated, Masai and Nubian giraffe. It was about time to develop a dedicated giraffe conservation poster for Kenya. Find out more about giraffe range, their numbers, habitat, local history as well as threats by downloading our new poster “Kenya’s Giraffe – Conservation Guide”.

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) is the only NGO in the world that concentrates solely on the conservation and management of giraffe in the wild throughout Africa.

GCF is dedicated to a sustainable future for all giraffe populations in the wild.

GCF’s Objectives

GCF is established as a Namibian charitable and funding institution of a public character, with the objective to raise awareness for, provide support to and secure a future for giraffe, and conserve their habitat in Africa. More specifically with the objective to:

  1. support the conservation of viable and existing habitat for giraffe;
  2. identify key threats to giraffe in Africa and develop innovative ways to mitigate these;
  3. raise awareness for and promote the value of giraffe conservation in African Range States and internationally.
  4. plan, develop, implement and administer projects and programmes, including the appointment of project staff, in support of its primary aim, and in co-operation with local communities and partner institutions as appropriate;
  5. collaborate with local, national and international partners on giraffe conservation efforts in the interests of giraffe conservation in African Range States;
  6. raise funds for giraffe conservation and management across Africa; and
  7. maintain a close working relationship with the IUCN SSC Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group (GOSG) to provide comprehensive awareness and technical support.

Wear Your Support for GCF!