We are excited to share with you the latest updates on giraffe conservation. Thanks to your support, our team has already achieved some incredible milestones this year, from launching new initiatives to expanding our reach across Africa. Our efforts continue to have a significant impact on the conservation of these majestic creatures, and we are excited to share our progress with you. Read on for inspiring stories, impactful projects, and ways you can get involved in our mission to save giraffe and their habitat in Africa. With World Giraffe Day – 21 June – just around the corner, let’s all #StandTallForGiraffe together!
What is new?
Translocation Success Story
Meet Maggie. Maggie is a critically endangered Nubian giraffe who lives wild and free in the breathtaking landscape of Kidepo Valley National Park, where she has played a crucial role in the recovery of Uganda’s giraffe. In 1997, in a desperate attempt to save the last remaining giraffe in Kidepo from extirpation, Maggie together with two other Nubian giraffe was airlifted to Uganda from her native Kenya.Today, 25 years later, Maggie stands tall as a living testimony to the unwavering commitment of those who worked tirelessly to protect giraffe in Africa. Discover more about Maggie’s remarkable story and her vital role in restoring Uganda’s giraffe population.
Revolutionising Fieldwork: GCF Adopts Iridium Push-to-Talk Satellite Phones
In the vast and remote terrains where our field crews operate, staying connected with team mates is crucial for our safety and work efficiency. However, as phone networks are often unreliable in these areas, this can be a challenge. Fortunately, our partnership with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and Iridium offers an innovative solution. We are now using Iridium push-to-talk satellite phones, which have proven to be a game-changer for us. Recently, on a journey to the rugged deserts of northwest Namibia, our team was able to keep in touch thanks to these cutting-edge communication devices. These phones are critical for staying connected while working in the remote terrain that Namibia’s desert-dwelling giraffe call home.
Unravelling the Mysteries of the Masai Giraffe: Protecting Their Future in the Naivasha Ecosystem
In the heart of the stunning Naivasha ecosystem, where the iconic Masai giraffe roam free, our team, in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Wildlife Research & Training Institute, is on a mission to unravel the mysteries of these towering creatures. As a rapidly growing human population places increasing pressure on the land, we are conducting photographic surveys to gain critical insights into giraffe numbers and their movement patterns. This data will be used to develop innovative conservation strategies to safeguard the future of the Masai giraffe in this important ecosystem.
GCF Achieves Another Milestone: Ethiopia’s First-Ever Giraffe Conservation Action Plan Completed
Exciting news from Ethiopia: Our hard work to protect giraffe in Africa has paid off once again, with the adoption of the first-ever Ethiopian Giraffe Conservation Action Plan. Ethiopia is now the fourth East African country to develop a national strategy with GCF’s help, marking a significant step towards giraffe conservation. We are excited to continue our collaboration with the Ethiopia Wildlife Conservation Authority to improve giraffe conservation in the country and secure a bright future for giraffe in Ethiopia and beyond! Read on to learn more.
Exciting news from Ethiopia: Our hard work to protect giraffe in Africa has paid off once again, with the adoption of the first-ever Ethiopian Giraffe Conservation Action Plan. Ethiopia is now the fourth East African country to develop a national strategy with GCF’s help, marking a significant step towards giraffe conservation. We are excited to continue our collaboration with the Ethiopia Wildlife Conservation Authority to improve giraffe conservation in the country and secure a bright future for giraffe in Ethiopia and beyond! Read on to learn more!
World Giraffe Day – 21 June 2023
As we celebrate World Giraffe Day on 21 June 2023, we focus our attention on supporting the pioneering initiatives to bring giraffe back into their historical habitat in Africa through translocations. Sadly, the vast majority of sub-Saharan Africa’s once abundant giraffe populations have dwindled over the years due to habitat loss, fragmentation, degradation, human population growth, illegal hunting, disease, and conflict. However, conservation translocations of giraffe have proven to be a vital tool in restoring their historical range and revitalising small populations.
Every donation made on World Giraffe Day 2023 will assist to reclaim their natural habitat and ensure a brighter future for all giraffe species in Africa.
Join 🦒 giraffe lovers around the world to walk, jog, run, swim or cycle 5km, wherever you are, to help raise awareness and much needed funding for giraffe this WGD. Sign-up NOW to make sure you don’t miss out on adding this year’s medal 🏅 to your collection – last year’s event was a sell-out! Our friends at Frank Buck Zoo will again host an in-person event on 24 June, so book now to be a part of this exciting initiative. Join us to #StandTallForGiraffe.