Namibia’s desert-dwelling giraffe naturally live in one of the harshest environments you can possibly imagine.
It is almost inconceivable that these gentle giants can survive in their desert home. North-western Namibia is one of the most isolated and scenically spectacular places on the planet. With an average annual rainfall of <100mm, the Namib Desert is considered one of the oldest deserts in the world. However, despite the harshness of the environment (or maybe because of it) there is great diversity in both plant and animal species. Elephant, black rhino, lion, leopard, hyena and numerous antelope and smaller mammals inhabit the area, fighting a daily battle against thirst, heat and predation. Amongst these animals one mammal stands tall, the desert-dwelling giraffe.
Giraffe are well-adapted to life in the desert. Their long legs allow them to easily cross the vast plains while their height gives them exclusive access to the highest branches of the towering Acacia and Ana trees in the dry river beds.
However, giraffe are in trouble. The population of wild giraffe in Africa is now estimated at approximately 100,000, a drop of almost 40% in the last three decades. These alarming numbers serve as a reminder that we need to protect giraffe now before it is too late.
By adopting a giraffe you can help us save giraffe in Africa.
GCF is conducting a long-term giraffe conservation programme in north-western Namibia. We have been studying this giraffe population of approx. 150 individuals on-and-off for almost two decades now. However, there is still so much to learn and it is only through better understanding that we can develop targeted conservation strategies with the local communities to secure the long-term future of giraffe in Africa. By adopting a giraffe you can directly support this research and join in the fight to help all giraffe populations in Africa remain wild and free!
Important info for Giraffe Explorers and Giraffe Guardians:
To make our Adopt a Giraffe programme possible, all documents and gifts are only provided in digital form (PDF). You will be able to print these documents yourself, however we do not send you paper copies as this would take money away from the valuable support you are providing for giraffe.
Please remember that the giraffe you are ‘adopting’ is wild and free and we are fighting to keep it that way. As such we cannot guarantee when or where we will next see your giraffe. Our quarterly updates will keep you informed about all our conservation research activities in north-western Namibia, but may not always contain information about your adopted giraffe. Of course when we do have information on your particular giraffe we will include it in our updates!