Giraffe Conservation Foundation
That giraffe are slowly establishing their place on the global conservation agenda can largely be attributed to a few key developments, activities and achievements throughout 2016-17, and we can proudly state that GCF was involved in all of these. However, these achievements should not be seen in isolation. GCF works closely with African and international partners to achieve long-term sustainability and conservation success for giraffe in the wild. The combined efforts of all partners have been successful in creating international momentum for giraffe conservation, and the international conservation community is finally directing its attention towards these magnificent animals.
GCF continues to establish new and valuable conservation partnerships in Africa and around the world, and to strengthen and intensify existing links and long-term collaborations.
The iconic giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), one of the world’s most recognisable animals and the tallest land mammal, has moved from ‘Least Concern’ to ‘Vulnerable’ in the newly released (December 2016) International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Widespread across southern and eastern Africa, with smaller isolated populations in west and central Africa, new population surveys estimate an overall 36-40% decline in the giraffe population from approximately 151,702163,452 in 1985 to 97,562 in 2015