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Genetic Analysis Uncovers Four Species of Giraffe, Not Just One

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Do you know how many different kinds of giraffe there are? Up until now, everyone thought there was a single species of giraffe made up of several subspecies. But, according to the most inclusive genetic analysis of giraffe relationships to date, giraffe actually are not one species, but four. For comparison, the genetic differences among giraffe species are at least as great as those between polar and brown bears.

Rothschild in Lake Nakuru (c) Farid Abdin

GCF News – August 2016

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Read the latest GCF news and updates on our giraffe conservation efforts across Africa. How did WGD 2016 go? When will the documentary ‘Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants’ finally be shown in the USA? How can you make a difference and support giraffe conservation in Africa in a fun way? Open these GCF News – August 2016 to find answers to all these questions!

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Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants

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Everyone loves giraffe, but what do we really know about them? We at the Giraffe Conservation Foundation were lucky to have a team from BBC Natural World/PBS follow some of our activities over the past year to show our story through their lens. Have a look here for a sneak preview of this BBC Two-Natural World & PBS co-production, narrated by Sir David Attenborough.


WGD 2016 & Photo Competition

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We are excited to launch our new campaign for World Giraffe Day – 21 June 2016. This year we are raising funds and awareness for two exciting conservation projects in Kenya and Namibia. At the same time, we are launching a photo competition to draw awareness to the plight of our favourite animal.


Rothschild’s giraffe birth at Murchison Falls National Park

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What started out as a normal day of surveying endangered Rothschild’s giraffe in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda, should become one of the most amazing field days so far – but see for yourself.

On a ferry!

Operation Twiga in action

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For World Giraffe Day – 21 June 2015 GCF launched a targeted fundraising campaign: Operation Twiga was initiated to help save the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe in the wild. Operation Twiga was put into action in Uganda in January 2016, where 18 giraffe crossed the Nile to populate a new area within Murchison Falls National Park.

Kids with books

KEEP on the go!

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After months of programme development, preparation and trial runs the Khomas Environmental Education Programme (KEEP) is finally up and running: 160 kids joined us for a morning of hands-on environmental learning and bushveld fun.

Namibia's Giraffe

Poster: Namibia’s Giraffe – A Conservation Guide

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Based on our recent detailed assessment of giraffe numbers and their distribution in Namibia, we now estimate that there are approx. 12,000 Angolan giraffe in Namibia as well as 100 South African giraffe. Giraffe are widely distributed across the country and occur on private and communal land as well as in national parks. Learn more about our findings in our latest poster ‘Namibia’s Giraffe – A Conservation Guide’.