Sorry for the long silence. We have been busy saving giraffe in the wild and updating our website.
The website update also included a major overhaul of the look and feel – we hope you like it!
As always, we have put a lot of time and energy into making a real difference for giraffe in Africa and continue to work with our partners all throughout the vast continent to stabilise current, establish new and secure the future of all giraffe populations the wild. We now estimate that there are approximately 111,000 giraffe remaining in Africa – yes, the numbers have gone up slightly and while we are certainly making inroads on some populations, this increase is mainly because we have improved our methods of counting them!
There are four different species of giraffe, and while Southern giraffe are doing well, the rest are in serious trouble!
You will see that we are increasingly focusing our conservation efforts where they are most needed: East, Central and West Africa. To find out more about how we are saving giraffe in the wild, check out the programmes section of our website.
Here are a few recent giraffe conservation highlights you should really know about:
Together with the Niger Government and Sahara Conservation Fund we achieved a huge FIRST: the first-ever conservation translocation of giraffe (or any wildlife) in Niger. West African giraffe are a conservation success story after their numbers rebounded to 600 from only 49 thirty years ago, but their situation is still precarious as they only lived in one single population. In an epic journey, eight giraffe travelled 48 hours to start the second population of West African giraffe in Niger. Read more…
Together with the Uganda Wildlife Authority and other partners, our conservation programme on Nubian giraffe goes from strength to strength. Giraffe populations have doubled from two to four in the last four years, we have a better understanding of giraffe numbers and movements, and learned more their dynamics and threats, while involving local communities and raising awareness for these Critically Endangered giraffe locally and internationally. Read more about our work in Uganda…
Together with African Parks Network we brought giraffe back to Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi. Ten giraffe travelled 2,500km from South Africa to return to the reserve after an absence of over 100 years. Read more about this move…
Namibia is another giraffe conservation success story. Our long-term giraffe conservation research progamme continues to give us exciting insights into the lives of giraffe and helps us to take informed conservation decisions elsewhere on the continent. In our environmental education programme KEEP, the largest in the country, we take young Namibians into the bush for a day and get them excited about their natural environment and giraffe. Click the links to read more about these programmes.
However, the biggest news out of Namibia is that we recently moved into our new offices. This is super exciting as GCF never had a real home, but thanks to an extremely generous donor, we now have a beautiful space to work from – largely off the grid as we are running on solar energy. Make sure to pop in when you are Windhoek!
21 June is World Giraffe Day
This year we are raising awareness and funding for Twiga Tracker, the largest giraffe GPS satellite tracking programme in Africa EVER!
Together with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, San Diego Zoo Global and Wildlife Conservation Alliance we have set out to track a minimum of 250 giraffe throughout their range in Africa.
Help us reach our ambitious funding goal of US$1 million on World Giraffe Day!
This is an ambitious goal – both logistically and financially – and we need your help! One tracking unit alone costs US$2,500. Deployment in remote (and sometimes hostile) areas of Africa will push costs up to US$4,000-5,000 per unit. We are already tracking more than 60 giraffe across their range.
Wear your support for GCF and WGD!