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 or around 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 2018 – is dedicated to Operation Twiga III, the third dedicated giraffe conservation translocation of Nubian (formerly Rothschild’s) giraffe in Uganda.

Giraffe are 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 fewer than 100,000 giraffe remaining in all of Africa.

Based on our work with partners, we now believe that there are four different species of giraffe. With just over 5,000 individuals, the Northern giraffe is the least populous of these. Nubian (formerly Rothschild’s) giraffe, a subspecies of Northern giraffe, are estimated at only 2,645 individuals in the wild – most of these in Uganda.

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

Operation Twiga III

Just like Operation Twiga I & II (“twiga” is Swahili for giraffe), which saw the giraffe cross the Nile River, GCF with partners are supporting the Uganda Wildlife Authority to plan another conservation translocation of Nubian giraffe in the country.

Uganda hosts four populations of Nubian giraffe in three national parks: Murchison Falls (north and south of the Nile River), Kidepo Valley and Lake Mburo. Boosting existing populations is vital for securing their future in the country. With only 35 giraffe in Kidepo Valley National Park, this population needs an added boost to thrive. Operation Twiga III will add more giraffe to this important population, which has recovered from only three individuals in the 1990s. Help us save giraffe in Uganda!

Your donation will not only support Operation Twiga III, but with an ambitious goal of US$250,000, we want to raise enough money to continue all giraffe conservation programmes in Uganda for the next few years.

Our partner Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has already committed US$75,000 for Operation Twiga III. Who is next to support Operation Twiga III and World Giraffe Day 2018?

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 2018.

How would your support help? Here are some examples:

  • US$5 could provide food for a ranger in the field for one day
  • 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, uniform and salary of a ranger who is actively saving giraffe in Uganda for one day
  • US$100 could pay for a hand-held GPS unit to allow rangers to monitor giraffe, their threats and movements in the wild
  • US$250 could pay for a digital camera (including GPS) to help rangers identify giraffe and track their movements as well as for anti-poaching efforts
  • 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 for all field costs, uniform and salary of a ranger who is actively saving giraffe in Uganda for one month
  • US$2,500 could pay for one GPS satellite unit 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 Operation Twiga III with a tax-deductible donation.

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

Will you stick your neck out and help us save giraffe in Africa?

Previous WGD campaigns

Did you know that we are already celebrating the 5th 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, environmental education in Namibia and saving Masai giraffe in Kenya and Tanzania.


Are you standing tall for giraffe in Africa on WGD 2018?


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.

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