Over the last 30 years, the number of giraffes has decreased by almost 30%. There are only
111,000 giraffes left in the wild.
It is time to act!
In 2021 & 2022, Sophie la girafe is proud to partner with the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (Foundation to help secure a future for giraffes in Africa. Africa.
The funds raised will be used to support the "translocation" program to save the GCF giraffes. program to save the giraffes of the GCF. Translocations allow for the development of small giraffe populations and reintroduce giraffes to areas where they have been locally extirpated. disappeared. These are essential conservation methods to ensure a future for giraffes in their natural environment. their natural environment.
Who is the GCF?
The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) is the only organization in the world that focuses solely on solely on the management and conservation of giraffes in the wild in Africa.
Dr. Julian Fennessy and his wife Stephanie, both passionate about giraffes, created the world's first the world's first giraffe rescue charity, GCF. This foundation runs and also supports other initiatives in favor of four species of giraffes in 16 countries giraffes in 16 African countries.
Within this small organization whose actions are already having a strong impact, collaboration with partners is at the heart of collaboration with partners is central to GCF's values and business model. Their programs impact over 171,000 km2 (42 million acres) of giraffe habitat. GCF is working to ensure a sustainable future for all giraffe populations in the wild. wild.
- +10 years of hard work
- 19 dedicated people
- 16 African countries where
GCF is currently working
- 157 giraffes have been
- 6.5 million acres of giraffe habitat
of giraffe habitat recovered
What is happening with the giraffes?
Giraffes and other wild animals are under enormous threat throughout the African continent. African continent.
Over the past 30 years, giraffe populations in Africa have declined by about 30% and only 111,000 giraffes remain in the wild today. For comparison, this means that means that there is only ONE giraffe for every FOUR African elephants.
The number and distribution of giraffes are affected by fragmentation, habitat degradation and loss, disease degradation and loss, disease, illegal hunting (poaching), human population growth and expansion, wars and of the human population, wars and civil unrest.
GCF is working to stop this silent decline while highlighting the plight of giraffes in Africa.
- 4 species of giraffes
- -30% decline over the last
last 30 years
- 111,000 estimated total
in the wild today
- 1 for 4 A giraffe for four African elephants
What can we do?
The "translocation" of giraffes is an action of great importance for their preservation because because it increases the area of distribution of the giraffes and their habitat in Africa. Africa.
These initiatives are designed to expand existing small giraffe populations or to reintroduction of giraffes in areas where they are scarce or locally extinct. extinct.
The area over which giraffes are distributed has decreased by almost 90% over the last 300 years and this trend continues. years and this trend continues. For this reason, GCF has supported the successful relocation of more than 155 giraffes, effectively increasing the area of of more than 155 giraffes, effectively increasing the area of giraffe habitat in Africa by more than 26,000 Africa by more than 26,000 km2 (6.5 million acres).
Translocations" to save giraffes should be seen as long-term investments in which small groups of long-term investments in which small groups of giraffes are moved over a few years to (re)establish or supplement existing years to (re)establish or supplement existing populations.
Transporting giraffes can be difficult, mainly because of their physiology, size and shape. their size and shape. Proper preparation is essential. It is a great responsibility to travel with live wild animals, especially since these giraffes are not sedated. are not sedated.
A key step in the relocation of the giraffes is the actual release of the animals into their new environment and post-transfer monitoring. environment and post-transfer monitoring. This monitoring can take several months, but generally, once released, the giraffes months, but in general, once released, the giraffes settle into their new environment fairly quickly. new environment.
Let's act now!
Each "Save the Giraffes" set sold at
contributes directly to the preservation of giraffes in Africa.