World Giraffe Day is an exciting annual event initiated by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) to celebrate the longest-necked animal on June 21 every year! 

Not only it’s 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 fewer 100,000 giraffe remaining in the world, it’s the time to act NOW!

With their long, swaying necks, distinctive pattern on their furry coats and those endless spindly legs, giraffes are some very odd-looking creatures when you really think about it. But we love them and that’s why they’ve got a day of their own!

Interesting Facts about giraffes

  • Giraffes eat more than 100 pounds of leaves per week, traveling far distances to find food.
  • Standing between 15 to 20 feet tall, the giraffe is the world’s tallest mammal.
  • Giraffes are vegan. With their long necks, they consume leaves, flowers, and fruits that are out of reach for most grazing animals.
  • While a giraffe’s long legs and neck help it look out for danger on the African Savanna, the giraffe’s height also makes it an easy target for predators.
  • Giraffe populations have declined from 155,000 in 1985 to 80,000 in 2018 according to the African Wildlife Foundation.  Of the nine giraffe subspecies, three subspecies have fallen below 1,000.
  • There are fewer giraffes than elephants in Africa.
     
World Giraffe Day; everyone needs to Stand Tall to Save giraffes

Threats to giraffes    

The number of giraffes in the world is declining as their habitats shrink. In the late 19th and 20th centuries herds of 20 to 30 animals were recorded, now on average herd sizes contain fewer than six individuals. The IUCN lists four main threats to this species: illegal hunting , habitat loss, civil unrest, and ecological changes. As human populations grow and increase agricultural activities, expand settlements, and construct roads, the giraffe is losing its beloved acacia trees, which are its main source of food. Many giraffes are slaughtered just for their tails, which are considered a status symbol and have been used as a dowry.

Africa's population is increasing    

Over the next thirty years, Africa's population is expected to increase rapidly. And more people, means more habitat loss and fragmentation for giraffes which it will cause so much troubles for them. "More than half of global population growth between now and 2050 is expected to occur in Africa," according to a 2015 United Nations report. "Of the additional 2.4 billion people projected to be added to the global population between 2015 and 2050, 1.3 billion will be added in Africa."

How to protect giraffes    

Here is six different ways we could do to help these lovely animals. 

  1. Support sustainable agriculture and settlement practices near giraffe habitats
  2. Reforest key areas with acacia trees that provide giraffes’ main food source
  3. Reverse climate change that’s causing rising temperatures and widespread drought in Africa
  4. Stop the poaching of giraffes for their tails, considered status symbols
  5. Solve hunger in areas like Sudan where impoverished villagers eat giraffe meat
  6. Educate all people on how and why to protect giraffes
     
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