Giraffe Conservation Foundation

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The Giraffe Conservation Foundation is an African-based international charity dedicated to securing a future for all giraffe populations in the wild. 

The Project

Continue our support of a long-term integrated giraffe conservation approach in Uganda.

The Target

Currently there are four recognised species of giraffe (Northern, Southern, Masai and Reticulated), with two of the species being classified as having a further 2/3 subspecies across Africa. All subspecies live in geographically distinct areas across the continent, and while some of the subspecies have been reported to cross-breed in zoos, there is little evidence that this occurs regularly in the wild.

For over a decade now, the team at GCF has spearheaded a long-term effort to unravel the mystery of giraffe genetics in collaboration with partners. A thorough understanding giraffe genetics could have significant implications for giraffe conservation in the wild, as giraffe as a species were recently listed as Vulnerable to extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

The Nubian giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis camelopardalis) is one of the most threatened subspecies of giraffe. While Uganda hosts the largest Nubian giraffe population in the wild, with a current estimate of less than 2,100, their number is still precariously low and ongoing monitoring is required to confirm these latest numbers. GCF has worked on giraffe conservation in Uganda for over five years in close collaboration with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). 

Activities planned for 2019 include, but are not limited to, a giraffe translocation from Murchison Falls National Park to Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve. A detailed habitat and pre-translocation assessment is required prior to this logistically challenging move of giraffe to ensure giraffe will do well in the new location. Furthermore, regular giraffe surveys in Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley National Park will be conducted. GCF also supports regular giraffe monitoring in Lake Mburo National Park and as well as community engagement/outreach adjacent to the park. As a recent initiative, GCF now also employs a part-time veterinarian at Murchison Falls NP, who is supporting UWA with de-snaring work. While her focus is on giraffe, it will also include other animals in the park that may be affected.

Blair Drummonds visitors have helped the park support the work of the Giraffe Conservation foundation for the past three years, raising nearly £6000 for giraffe conservation to date. This year, with the help of our visitors, the park hopes to provide a further £2000 worth of funds.  This would allow the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to continue their work, with money going towards equipment expenses, educational outreach for local communities and animal translocation costs. 

Where your money goes

Murchison Falls National Park

Project Leader

Ailsa - Large Mammals Keeper

I am passionate about giraffes and have worked with them here at the park for over a decade, dedicated to their care.  A truly amazing species, I am deeply concerned that their numbers in the wild have almost halved in the last decade.  I feel it is extremely important that we raise awareness and support the GCF in their efforts to protect this amazing species from further decline.

Common name
Scientific name
Giraffa camelopardalis
Sub-Saharan Africa
Approx. 25 years in the wild
Fast facts
• Male giraffes fight over females by "necking" - whacking their necks against each other. This can be a fight to the death!
• They only need to drink every few days – most of their water comes from the food they eat
• Calves are about 6 feet tall at birth – they need to be in order to reach their mother for milk!
• Giraffes cool themselves down by releasing heat through their brown spots
Conservation status
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