With a firm base in Africa, it is only natural that GCF is involved in conservation and development aspects beyond giraffe.

However, even such programmes are integrally linked to giraffe conservation and management.

Environmental education (EE) and capacity building/enhancement in conservation are close to our hearts and our priorities across the continent. GCF has and continues to support students throughout Africans to become passionate about conservation, enhance their skills and most importantly, protect giraffe.

  • To engage young children in conservation and encourage a positive and caring attitude for their natural environment we developed the Khomas Environmental Education Programme (KEEP) for primary school children in Namibia, which is proving very popular with over 2,500 participating primary school students per year. Subsequently, we adapted the programme for Kenya and Tanzania and many partners in both countries are using it daily with school students helping to create more awareness and education for Africa’s future leaders.
  • To reach secondary/high school students we joined forces with one of Namibia’s leading EE experts. The Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) provided technical support during the development of KEEP and have now included a dedicated giraffe focused activity into their 5-day high school programme. GCF sponsors numerous high school groups to participate in the NaDEET programme and provides additional core support to the organisation.
  • To take giraffe conservation to industry, we have partnered up with a host of African governments, Universities and NGOs across Africa – and internationally. GCF has and continues to host a steady flow of local interns throughout the continent to gain valuable work experience and increase their skill levels by supervising their projects. GCF also acts in an advisory and supervisory role to numerous post-graduate students.
  • To provide professional training and support to Africa’s current and future conservationists with a special focus on giraffe through support on dedicated field programmes, courses and workshops/symposiums.

This programme is supported by: