IUCN SSC Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group (GOSG)
The newest, and surely the tallest, IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Specialist Group has been approved - the Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group (GOSG). This is wonderful news after a lot of hard work by GCF and other partners!
In collaboration with okapi specialists at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), GCF established the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group (GOSG) in March 2013. With the declining numbers of giraffe and okapi, GOSG will help to attract and strengthen international support for the two species and provide an official forum to support implementation of much needed conservation strategies for the species across the African continent. The two co-chairs for the group are Dr Julian Fennessy (giraffe) and Dr. Noelle Kumpel (okapi), while the Giraffe Conservation Foundation and Zoological Society of London will provide host institution support to the two branches respectively.
All invited members of GOSG have been contacted and the establishment of a formal membership is well underway. With the formation of this new specialist group, the IUCN SSC ASG International Giraffe Working Group (IGWG) has ceased to exist. GCF’s nomination as the hosting institution for the giraffe side of GOSG highlights the credibility and importance of GCF in the field of giraffe conservation. In addition to this, two other GCF Trustees, a GCF Researcher and six Research Associates have also been invited and approved as GOSG members.
To find out more go to: www.iucn.org or read about it in the May 2013 issue of Africa Geographic.