Are you standing tall on World Giraffe Day?
Join us in celebrating our iconic long-necked friends!
World Giraffe Day is an exciting annual event initiated by GCF to celebrate the longest-necked animal on the longest day (or night – depending on which hemisphere you live!) of the year on 21 June – every year!
Not only is it a worldwide celebration of these amazing and much-loved animals, but an annual event to raise support, create awareness and shed light on the challenges giraffe face in the wild.
By supporting World Giraffe Day, you directly help save giraffe in Africa.
With only approximately 117,000 giraffe remaining in the wild, giraffe were listed as Vulnerable to Extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in 2016. Giraffe numbers in Africa have plummeted by a staggering 30% over the last 30 years alone, and likely more than 90% in the last century.
This silent extinction is happening before our eyes, but we can still turn this around if we start acting now!
World Giraffe Day 2022 is dedicated to bringing giraffe back to Mozambique.
In the last 300 years, giraffe have lost almost 90% of their natural habitat. Habitat loss is the main threat to giraffe.
GCF is helping to reverse this trend by bringing giraffe back into areas where they have gone locally extinct or only occur in low numbers. Mozambique is a great example! Years of civil unrest have driven giraffe to the brink of extinction. Today, there are only 250 giraffe left in the country.
We have now set everything in motion to bring giraffe back to Mozambique in a big way!
We’re planning our most ambitious giraffe translocations EVER! Over the next 5 years, together with the Mozambique government and our partners, we are going to move over 350 giraffe to four key areas in the country: Zinave and Banhine National Parks, Maputo Special Reserve and Karingani Game Reserve.
This series of translocations will more than double the population, re-establish southern giraffe within their historic range and open over 3 million acres of prime habitat for giraffe to thrive!