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World Giraffe Day
June 21, 2021 @ 08:00 - 17:00
This is an exciting annual event initiated by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) to celebrate the tallest animal on the longest day or night (depending on which hemisphere you live!) of the year.
Not only is it a worldwide celebration of these amazing and much-loved animals, but an annual event to raise support, create awareness and shed light on the challenges giraffe face in the wild. By supporting World Giraffe Day, you directly help save giraffe in Africa. With only approximately 117,000 giraffe remaining in the wild, the time is right to act NOW!
Zoos, schools, NGOs, governments, institutions, companies and conservation organisations around the world are hosting events on this date to raise awareness and support for giraffe in the wild. Check out who else is celebrating.
World Giraffe Day 2021 is dedicated to saving the last West African giraffe!
There are only about 600 West African giraffe left in the world. All of them live in Niger, one of the world’s poorest countries.
However, West African giraffe are a giraffe conservation success story. While these giraffe were widely distributed in West Africa, from Nigeria to Senegal, only 100 years ago, by the mid-1990s only 49 individuals remained in the wild.
Then the Niger government decided to turn the tide and together with GCF and many other conservation partners they managed to protect their own giraffe. The population has now increased to about 600 and after a successful translocation in 2018 (Operation Sahel Giraffe)
There are now two populations of West African giraffe in Niger – and the world!
The people of Niger continue to need our help to protect their giraffe.
Together we #StandTallForGiraffe and we can continue to create conservation success stories in Africa.