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Wildlife and our last remaining wild places are being destroyed because of human action or inaction and because of our own short –term greed.

Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa

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    The 21st June is World Giraffe Day.  Why the 21st June?  Well, it’s the longest day or night in the year, depending on where you live!

    The Giraffe Conservation Foundation initiated the day to celebrate this beautiful species, but the event also raises support and awareness of the work the Foundation (and others) are doing to help these incredible animals.  Habitat loss is the main threat to giraffes – they have lost nearly 90% of their natural habitat in the last 300 years and now there are only about 117,000 giraffe left in the wild

    World Giraffe Day 2022

    In 2022, World Giraffe Day is dedicated to Bringing Giraffe Back To Mozambique! 

    The country has suffered from years of civil unrest.  CGF want to raise US$250,000 to secure a future for giraffe in Mozambique and bring giraffe back to the areas where they have gone locally extinct or are low in numbers. 

    The Giraffe Conservation Foundation has undertaken translocations of giraffe before:


    There are now only about 250 giraffe left in Mozambique.  So over the next 5 years, GCF will work with the government there and their partners, to move over 350 giraffe to four key parts of the nation

    This will achieve the following:

    1. It will double the giraffe population
    2. It will re-establish southern giraffe in their historic range
    3. It will open over 3 million acres of prime habitat for the giraffe to live in

    Will you help GCF achieve this goal and help giraffes? 

    You can donate, and you can support them on social media with any of these hashtags: 

    #GiraffeConservationFoundation

    #WorldGiraffeDay

    #WorldGiraffeDay2022

    #StickYourNeckOutForGiraffe

    #StandTallForGiraffe

    You can join in on social media:

    Facebook: @giraffeconservationfoundation

    Instagram: @giraffe_conservation

    Twitter: @save_giraffe

    Find out more about GCF’s Mozambique Programme and World Giraffe Day.

    Please donate here

  2. There’s good news for giraffe in Kenya.

    The Giraffe Conservation Foundation reports that they have made efforts to make sure that giraffe numbers in Kenya receive better protection. 

    The charity has given financial support to the Kenya Wildlife Service and other conservation partners to undertake aerial surveys in northern Kenya.

    And good news!  The surveys are showing a 30% increase in reticulated giraffe numbers on communal land and private conservancies in the last 6 years.

    Meantime, in the south of Kenya, the charity has held the first ever Masai Giraffe Working Group meeting to bring conservation partners together with the Kenya Wildlife Service.  The aim was to identify current threats to Masai giraffe and pinpoint measures to protect them.

    And there’s more – the charity’s year long surveys in Mwea National Reserve and Ruma National Park show there are double the numbers of Nubian giraffe than previously thought, so this is a great boost to Nubian giraffe there.

    There are renewed efforts to update and complete a National Recovery and Action Plan for giraffe in Kenya, held over a two day workshop.  The plan will be launched later this year.

    Don’t forget – a date for your diary – the 21st June is World Giraffe Day.  Why not adopt a giraffe as a gift for someone or for yourself?

    Click here for wildlife holiday ideas in Kenya listed on Responsible Travel

     Click here for wildlife holiday ideas in Kenya listed on Responsible Travel

     

  3. Giraffes are in trouble.  The giraffe population is already down between 36 to 40%.

    For the first time ever, 5 African countries are proposing to add the giraffe to the list of protected species.  This would really make a difference.

    How you can help giraffes with a click

    There’s a petition calling on CITES to launch and fund an Africa-wide Giraffe Action Plan.  The Plan would:

    • Recover giraffe populations
    • Protect giraffe habitats
    • Support local communities living alongside giraffes

    The petition can be found at Avaaz.org.  Avaaz.org is a world-wide community with nearly 50 million members.  It has petitions you can set up and sign to give your support to proposed changes or messages about causes you care about and want to help

    Please sign this petition to help giraffes today!

    When you go through to Avaaz and the petition, there’s a picture of someone called Tess and a dead giraffe, just to warn you. 

    Avaaz say that Tess killed the giraffe for fun. She's certainly got a big smile on her face. There are no words to describe how I feel about people who do this.

    Why this petition to help giraffes now?

    Very shortly, countries from across the world will meet for a crucial global wildlife summit.

    Back in January 2019, 57 proposals to amend the list of species subject to CITES regulations were submitted by 90 countries for consideration.   This consideration will take place from 23 May to 3 June 2019 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, at the 18th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

    (I can’t help feeling that if they spent less time making up titles like that, and more on protecting wildlife, we might make more progress.)

    So how could this CITES meeting affect giraffes?

    For the first time ever, five African countries have proposed adding giraffes to the list of protected species.

    You can see the species here that the meeting will consider, and find out about the proposal to protect giraffes here

    Sign the Petition at Avaaz.org now,

    Then please share the petition widely to help make the senseless killing of this giraffe into a new direction for giraffes.