GCF’s long-term conservation initiative focusing on Namibia’s desert-dwelling giraffe is well underway. Dr Julian Fennessy has recently returned from a field trip to Northwest Namibia where GCF continues the first ever long-term conservation research effort on the Angolan giraffe. Julian was accompanied by two American giraffe zoo keepers.
While the success of the first ever World Giraffe Day has certainly stolen the limelight from other GCF initiatives, preparations for the third Giraffe Indaba are well under way. Giraffe Indaba III will be jointly hosted by GCF and the IUCN SSC Giraffe & Okapi Specialist Group (GOSG) and will take place in South Africa at the end of August 2015.
The GCF Board of Trustees is searching for new UK-based Trustees with marketing, fundraising or legal perspectives to add to the skill set of the current Board. These voluntary positions are of strategic importance to GCF’s continued growth and development as the world's leading giraffe conservation organisation.
With World Giraffe Day - 21 June 2014 just around the corner, one of GCF's VIP Donors - the Leiden Conservation Foundation - has decided to really stick their neck out for giraffe conservation this year.
World Giraffe Day is a new and exciting initiative of GCF to celebrate the tallest and longest-necked animal on the longest day or night (depending on which hemisphere you live!) of the year – 21 June! 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 has always considered zoos important partners in helping to get our conservation message out there to the people. While we know that we are doing great work in giraffe conservation across all of Africa, we also realise that most people have no idea about the plight of giraffe – numbers are dropping across the continent and few are taking notice.