World Giraffe Day is an exciting annual event initiated by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) to celebrate the tallest animal on the longest day (or night) of the year – 21 June – every year! This year, World Giraffe Day 2017 focuses on the Masai giraffe in southern Kenya and Tanzania.
For many years, the GCF team has worked hard to draw attention to the plight of giraffe and now it feels like the rest of the world is finally sticking its neck out too. Interest for our long-legged friends comes in all shapes and forms, and we feel that it is our job to ensure that giraffe conservation is at the heart of all this interest.
2016 was a big year for giraffe and GCF. We have continued to make a mark in giraffe conservation in Africa and have managed to get some well-deserved international attention to our long-necked friends. Find out about all these exciting giraffe news in the GCF Update.
The iconic giraffe, one of the world’s most recognisable animals and the tallest land mammal, has moved from ‘Least Concern’ to ‘Vulnerable’ in the newly released International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Widespread across southern and eastern Africa, with smaller isolated populations in west and central Africa, new population surveys estimate an overall decline of up to 40% in the global giraffe population over the last 30 years.
Kenya can be considered a giraffe ‘hotspot’, with three of the now four distinct giraffe species occurring in the country: reticulated, Masai and Nubian giraffe. It was about time to develop a dedicated giraffe conservation poster for Kenya. Find out more about giraffe range, their numbers, habitat, local history as well as threats by downloading our new poster “Kenya’s Giraffe – Conservation Guide”.
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.