World Giraffe Day

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 – 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 (WGD) you directly help save giraffe in Africa. With only 100,000 giraffe remaining in the wild, the time is right to act NOW!

Zoos, schools, NGOs, governments, institutions, companies and conservation organisations around the world are hosting events on 21 June every year to raise awareness and support for giraffe in the wild. Check out who else is celebrating.

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation is excited to announce that World Giraffe Day – 21 June 2017 is dedicated to saving Masai giraffe in Kenya and Tanzania.

Giraffe have recently been listed as Vulnerable to extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Giraffe numbers in Africa have plummeted by a staggering 40% over the last 30 years. We estimate today that there are only less than 100,000 giraffe remaining in all of Africa.

Some populations have been harder hit than others and Masai giraffe seem to be taking the brunt of it. As one of the most populous giraffe populations in Africa, there are only 32,000 Masai giraffe remaining in southern Kenya and Tanzania. Their number has dropped by more than half in the last 30 years. And this trend continues.

Masai giraffe are under threat and you can help us make a difference.

Saving Masai giraffe in East Africa

Masai giraffe are facing a wide range of threats, but the biggest by far is the rapid expansion of human populations, settlements and associated habitat loss throughout East Africa. There is simply less and less space remaining for wild animals –  including giraffe. It is time to act NOW! And we can’t do this in isolation. GCF is working closely with local and regional partners to ensure high priority for giraffe on national and regional conservation agendas. Together we can make a difference and secure a future for giraffe in Africa. For World Giraffe Day 2017, GCF is partnering with the Kenya-Tanzania Borderland Conservation Initiative and its partners, as well as the Kenya Wildlife Service, focussing on community-based conservation of Masai giraffe.

You can read more about this important programme here.

You can support these important, innovative and unique giraffe conservation efforts by helping us to raise much-needed funds on World Giraffe Day 2017.

How would your support help? Here are some examples:

  • US$15 could pay for notebooks and pens to record giraffe observations in the wild
  • US$25 could pay for batteries for GPS units to monitor giraffe, their threats and movements in the wild
  • US$50 could cover all field costs and salary of a ranger who is actively involved in saving giraffe in East Africa for one day
  • US$100 could pay for a GPS unit to monitor giraffe, their threats and movements in the wild
  • US$250 could pay for digital camera with GPS
  • US$500 could pay for a camera trap including batteries and SD cards to monitor giraffe and their movements in the wild
  • US$1,000 could pay all field costs and salary of a ranger who is actively involved in saving giraffe in East Africa for one month
  • US$2,500 could pay for one GPS satellite collar to monitor giraffe movements remotely (incl. download time)

In the past, zoos and other partners from around the world have enjoyed great success in raising awareness and funds on World Giraffe Day. This year, you can support our unique Masai giraffe awareness campaigns with a tax-deductible donation.

Please dig deep and help us to secure a future for all giraffe in Africa.

Who is next to stick their neck out for saving giraffe in Africa?

Previous WGD campaigns

Did you know that we are already celebrating the 4th World Giraffe Day? And we hope to take this successful initiative to new heights this year. To find out more about previous WGD campaigns click here to read about Operation Twiga, reticulated giraffe conservation in Kenya and environmental education in Namibia.


Are you standing tall for giraffe in Africa on WGD 2017?


Celebrate giraffe around the world!

World Giraffe Day is an initiative of  GCF and the celebrations are joined by zoos, schools, NGOs, governments, institutions and conservation organisations around the world join by hosting events on 21 June to raise awareness and support for giraffe in the wild. Check out who is celebrating and supporting World Giraffe Day.

Are you also celebrating WGD with us? If your logo is still missing, simply get in touch

Brand New GCF and WGD Merchandise

Check out our amazing range of WGD and GCF merchandise. Every purchase directly supports giraffe conservation in Africa.