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World Giraffe Day

World Giraffe Day

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
East Africa

Today is World Giraffe Day, an annual event initiated by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to celebrate the longest-necked animal on the longest day or night (depending on which hemisphere you live!) of the year – June 21st each year.

There is still only limited information available on giraffe in the wild – so little that we often refer to giraffe as ‘forgotten giants’.

Giraffe in the wild have been largely ignored and under-researched. This situation is slowly being addressed. With a few exceptions, giraffe are in decline throughout the continent and the need for a concerted conservation effort has never been more urgent.

There are four species of giraffes and nine subspecies listed below.

Masai giraffe (Giraffa tippelskirchi) 35,000

Northern giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) 5,600

Kordofan giraffe (G. c. antiquorum) 2,000

Nubian giraffe ( G. c. camelopardalis ) 3,000

West African giraffe (G. c. peralta) 600

Reticulated giraffe (Giraffa reticulata) 15,780

Southern giraffe ( Giraffa giraffa ) 54,750

Angolan giraffe (G. g. angolensis) 17,750

South African giraffe (G. g. giraffa) 37,000

To donate go to giraffeconservation.org/world-giraffe-day/

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Photo taken @ K on 13 January 2015 (© Susan Roehl / Flickr)

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