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) 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 90,000 giraffe remaining in the wild, the time is right to act NOW!

Zoos, schools, NGOs, governments, universities, other institutions and conservation organisations around the world will be hosting events as part of World Giraffe Day. Check below for a WGD supporter near you.

World Giraffe Day – 21 June 2016

After an amazing World Giraffe Day 2015 with Operation Twiga and the successful movement of endangered Rothschild’s 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.

With less than 90,000 giraffe remaining in the wild, it is time to act NOW. It is imperative that we secure a future for all giraffe in Africa. Depending where you are in the world, World Giraffe Day will celebrate the world’s tallest animal on the longest day and the longest night of the year (the summer and winter solstice).

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.

The 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.

The 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.

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 photo@giraffeconservation.org 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, visit the GCF website or download the terms and conditions of the WGD 2016 Photo Competition here: GCF World Giraffe Day 2016 Photo Competition Terms & Conditions

World Giraffe Day 2015 – Operation Twiga

Operation Twiga a great success

For World Giraffe Day – 21 June 2015 GCF launched a targeted fundraising campaign: Operation Twiga was initiated to help save the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe in the wild. Operation Twiga was put into action in Uganda in January 2016, where 18 giraffe crossed the Nile to populate a new area within Murchison Falls National Park. This was made possible not least due to your generous support.

Operation Twiga was a joined initiative of Uganda Wildlife Authority, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, GCF and many other partners who active helped with its implementation. During the last three weeks, a herd of endangered Rothschild’s giraffe was translocated from the northern part of Murchison Falls National Park across the River Nile to the southern part of the Park.

We currently estimate that there are only less than 1,500 Rothschild’s giraffe remaining in the wildand at least 1,250 of these are living in the northern part of Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda. This high-risk scenario is exacerbated by increasing mining pressure as oil has been discovered in the core giraffe range within the Park.

GCF worked closely with Uganda Wildlife Authority and other partners to implement this critical translocation of Rothschild’s giraffe to increase their range and create a satellite population in a new area to insure their sustainable long-term survival.

GCF through our WGD 2015 campaign provided much needed financial support by donating a translocation truck to Uganda Wildlife Authority, but also helped hands-on with the capture and translocation. As part of our commitment we brought one of Southern Africa’s top wildlife vets to Uganda to support Operation Twiga and build capacity of Uganda’s young and eager wildlife capture team. As you can see from the images below, giraffe capture and translocation is not for sissies.

Operation Twiga was a huge success and a great example for partners from Africa and around the world coming together and working collaborative for giraffe conservation in Africa.

Check out these images as a little sneak preview or download a short, but more detailed report the successful implementation of Operation Twiga.

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

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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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 to raise awareness and support for giraffe in the wild. Check out who is celebrating and supporting World Giraffe Day!

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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