World Giraffe Day – 21 June

World Giraffe Day is an exciting initiative of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (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!

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What is World Giraffe Day?

World Giraffe Day is an exciting initiative of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (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 awareness and shed light on the challenges they face in the wild. By supporting World Giraffe Day you can help to support giraffe conservation efforts in the wild that will ultimately help to secure the future of this amazing creature in Africa. With only less than 80,000 giraffe remaining in the wild, the time is right to act NOW!

GCF is launching Operation Twiga as a targeted fundraising campaign for World Giraffe Day 2015!

See below for more details. Zoos, schools, NGOs, governments, universities, other institutions and conservation organisations around the world will be hosting events as part of World Giraffe Day.

Visit our store, find an event near you, and join the giraffe celebration!

World Giraffe Day 2015: Operation Twiga

Saving the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe in the wild

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation is launching a targeted fundraising campaign for World Giraffe Day 2015: Operation Twiga has a funding target of $100,000 in order to help save the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe in the wild.

With less than 1,100 Rothschild’s giraffe remaining in the wild and 75% of these concentrated in one national park in Uganda, this subspecies has been listed as ‘Endangered’ on the IUCN Red List since 2010. This high-risk scenario is exacerbated by increasing mining pressure – oil has been discovered in Murchison Falls National Park. It is time to act NOW!

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) in collaboration with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is raising support for the critical translocation of Rothschild’s giraffe to increase their range and create satellite populations in new areas within Uganda to insure their sustainable long-term survival. Operation Twiga will take place in 2015/16.

You can support this important, innovative and unique giraffe conservation intervention by helping us to raise much-needed funds. How would your support help? Here are some examples:

  • US$25 provides the daily allowance for a local field staff
  • US$50 provides petrol to translocate one giraffe
  • US$75 provides one pair of binoculars or a handheld GPS unit for monitoring giraffe on the ground
  • US$100 provides the drugs for translocating one giraffe
  • US$500 provides one telemetry unit to monitor movements of a translocated giraffe on the ground
  • US$1,000 provides one GPS RFID tag, to monitor movements of a translocated giraffe remotely
  • US$2,500 builds a boma to hold the giraffe before or after the translocation
  • US$5,000 translocates one giraffe including ongoing post-translocation monitoring

If there ever was a giraffe conservation project in Africa that needed your support and where you could see how your money directly protected an endangered giraffe subspecies, then this is the one!

GCF is spearheading the fundraising campaign to make this important conservation intervention possible and brings important experience in giraffe conservation and translocation while our local partners UWA and UWEC contribute local expertise and experience.

Please dig deep and help us to ensure a future for the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe in Uganda. GCF’s VIP Partner Leiden Conservation Foundation has championed WGD 2014 and has already 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?

Still not sold? How about an experience of a lifetime? As the largest individual donor/fundraiser, we will invite you to join Operation Twiga on the ground!

Contact us if you would like to learn more, host a World Giraffe Day event in support of this important cause, set up a matching-challenge or similar.

For more information please download our fact sheet on Operation Twiga

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Resources & Downloads

Wondering what World Giraffe Day is all about? Looking for some important conservation messages for the day or for some posters to use for the day? Or just some fun for the kids to enjoy?!

Please use our downloads to help promote World Giraffe Day.

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World Giraffe Day info sheet A fact sheet about World Giraffe Day 2015 and Operation Twiga PDF Icon
WGD 2015 Sticker Download the design of a WGD 2015 sticker (diametre 90mm) PDF Icon
General Giraffe Fact Sheet Further information and talking points on giraffe for volunteers, developed by Brookfield Zoo for WGD 2014. PDF Icon
Africa’s Giraffe – A Conservation Guide Booklet on giraffe conservation, subspecies and their distribution, developed by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. PDF Icon
Poster: Africa’s Giraffe – Conservation Guide Poster on giraffe conservation in Africa, developed by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. PDF Icon
Poster: Africa’s Giraffe – Conservation Status & Distribution Poster on the conservation status of giraffe and their distribution in Africa, developed by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation PDF Icon
Poster: Africa’s Giraffe – Subspecies Poster describing the nine currently recognised giraffe subspecies, developed by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. PDF Icon

The posters and and the conservation guide booklet are also available in higher resolution. Please contact us at info@giraffeconservation.org for high res PDFs.

 

WGD Kids Fun

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Giraffe – Africa’s giants Some cool facts about giraffe that you probably didn’t know before. PDF Icon
Giraffe Colouring Sheet A colouring‐in version of the World Giraffe Day logo as a fun activity for kids. PDF Icon
Draw your own giraffe – the easy way The easy way to draw your own giraffe PDF Icon
Draw your own giraffe – the difficult way The difficult way to draw your own giraffe PDF Icon
Follow my lead Draw a giraffe by completing the mirror image PDF Icon
Make a giraffe mask Make your own giraffe mask PDF Icon

Supporters

Celebrate giraffe around the world!

World Giraffe Day is an initiative of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation and zoos, schools, NGOs, governments, institutions and conservation organisations around the world join into the celebrations by hosting events on 21 June 2015 to raise awareness and support for giraffe in the wild and more specifically in support of Operation Twiga. Check out who is celebrating and supporting World Giraffe Day 2015!

Get your World Giraffe Day and GCF Merchandise HERE!

GCF has some very cool giraffe and World Giraffe Day merchandise available! All of these make great presents for family and friends or other giraffe enthusiasts!

A percentage of all sales goes directly to support Operation Twiga and other GCF projects in Africa!

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Men's T-Shirt
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Contact Us

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