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.

After an amazing World Giraffe Day 2015 with Operation Twiga and the successful translocation of endangered Rothschild’s (now considered Nubian) giraffe into a new area in Uganda, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation is excited to launch a new campaign for World Giraffe Day, 21 June 2016: Putting people at the centre of giraffe conservation.

Giraffe populations across the African continent face different challenges that require unique approaches to securing their future. For World Giraffe Day 2016, GCF is launching two major fundraising awareness campaigns for Kenya and Namibia, with the goal of raising US$50,000 for each respective country.

Find out more about our WGD 2016 Photo Competition where you can win official GCF merchandise up to a value of US$150.

Operation TwigaOperation Twiga

WGD 2015 was a great success and many partners came together to raise funds for Operation Twiga, an unprecedented conservation success: 18 Rothschild’s giraffe crossed the Nile River in Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park to increase the range and secure the future of this endangered giraffe subspecies. Read more about Operation Twiga here.

Reticulated giraffe conservation in Kenya

Retic with Samburu2The fundraising campaign for Kenya will help protect reticulated giraffe in the northern part of the country. Reticulated giraffe numbers have declined by almost 80% over the last three decades, with only 8,600 individuals remaining in the wild today. Habitat loss and illegal hunting are the greatest threats in their natural habitat. To be able to protect reticulated giraffe in northern Kenya it is vital to learn more about their numbers, their distribution, their seasonal migration patterns, and how much space they need. The project is a community-based collaborative conservation effort, spearheaded by San Diego Zoo Global together with several Kenyan organisations, and the help of the local people of northern Kenya. Read more about this ongoing programme.

Environmental education in Namibia

Kids with giraffeThe fundraising campaign for Namibia focuses on environmental education. The only way to assure a future for giraffe in Africa is through people. The Khomas Environmental Education Programme (KEEP) inspires young Namibians to care for their environment. Through a targeted field-based programme, KEEP provides them with the opportunity to reconnect with nature. Teaching young Namibians about their environment is essential for the conservation of giraffe and their habitat. KEEP helps to build a culture of environmental awareness by teaching social responsibility and conscientious action amongst young Africans and future leaders. Find out more about KEEP.

You can support these important, innovative and unique giraffe conservation efforts by helping us to raise much-needed funds on World Giraffe Day 2016.

How would your support help? Here are some examples:

  • US$15 could support an exciting and interactive day in the bush for a Namibian student
  • US$25 could pay for batteries for GPS equipment to monitor giraffe and their movements in the wild
  • US$50 could provide KEEP workbooks and certificates for an entire school class
  • US$100 could provide a healthy lunch for an entire school class during their field outing or pay for a pair of binoculars to monitor giraffe and their movements
  • US$250 could provide transport for a school class to spend a day in the bush with KEEP or pay a month’s salary of a local Kenyan field ranger to monitor giraffe and their movements
  • US$300 could pay for a camera trap including batteries and SD cards to monitor giraffe and their movements in the wild
  • US$1,000 could support fitting a GPS satellite collar to a reticulated giraffe in northern Kenya
  • US$2,500 could pay for one GPS satellite collar to monitor reticulated giraffe movements remotely including 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 Namibian and Kenyan giraffe awareness campaigns with a tax-deductible donation.

Please dig deep and help us to ensure a future for all giraffe in Africa. GCF’s VIP Partner Leiden Conservation Foundation will again champion our WGD efforts and has committed to matching all new donations from US$1,000 received in the USA dollar-for-dollar up to a total of US$25,000.

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

WGD 2016 Photo Competition

To increase awareness for giraffe conservation we are excited to announce a Photo Competition for WGD 2016. Submit your most amazing giraffe shots to [email protected] or through the GCF or WGD Facebook page before 22 June 2016 and stand a chance to win one of two GCF merchandise packs!

Our panel of judges is made up of professional wildlife photographers and conservationists from Namibia and they will select the winning image as well as a popular choice award that can be voted for through Facebook. A maximum two photo entries per person are allowed and photos should be submitted together with your name, email address, country of residence, location where the photo was taken and a photo title/caption.

For more information, download the terms and conditions of the WGD 2016 Photo Competition here: GCF World Giraffe Day 2016 Photo Competition Terms & Conditions


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. 

WGD 2016 Merchandise – Order Now!

Check out our brand new WGD 2016 merchandise. All WGD merchandise is only available for a limited time until the end of July 2016.

  • GCF “Silver Giraffe” unisex short sleeve t-shirt

  • GCF “Watercolor” Unisex short sleeve t-shirt (B)

  • GCF “Watercolor” Unisex short sleeve t-shirt