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World Giraffe Day, Rothschild’s giraffe, Uganda


World Giraffe Day is an exciting annual event initiated by GCF to celebrate the longest-necked animal on the longest day or night (depending on which hemisphere you live!) of the year – 21 June – every year! In a daring mission to secure the future of threatened Nubian giraffe in Uganda, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation is working with the Uganda Wildlife Authority to expand their range and save giraffe. 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 (WGD), you directly help save giraffe in Africa. With only 100,000 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 or around 21 June every year to raise awareness and support for giraffe in the wild. Giraffe are listed as Vulnerable to extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Giraffe numbers in Africa have plummeted by a staggering 40% over the last 30 years. We estimate today that there are fewer than 100,000 giraffe remaining in all of Africa. Based on our work with partners, we now believe that there are four different species of giraffe. With just over 5,000 individuals, the Northern giraffe is the least populous of these. Nubian (formerly Rothschild’s) giraffe, a subspecies of Northern giraffe, are estimated at only 2,645 individuals in the wild – most of these in Uganda .Nubian giraffe are under threat and you can help us make a difference.

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