Giraffe Conservation Foundation
Status: There are nine subspecies of giraffes; two of these are currently listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List, as these are the only ones that have been assessed so far.
The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) is the world’s first and only charitable organization dedicated solely to the conservation and management of giraffes in the wild. GCF’s vision is that of a sustainable future where all giraffe populations and subspecies are protected and secure in the wild. To do that, the GCF implements, collaborates on and supports giraffe conservation projects throughout their natural range in order to put workable measures in place to prevent the further decline of giraffes before it is too late.
Using a research based approach, conservation and management strategies are implemented in close collaboration with local partners for maximum impact. Unlike most other large megafauna, giraffes remain largely under-studied in the wild. Giraffe populations continue to be in decline across Africa, with an estimated population of less than 80,000 remaining – down from 140,000 in the late 1990s. Throughout their range, giraffes face numerous threats which are ever-increasing, such as habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, poaching and ultimately human population growths. However, giraffes have not appeared high up on the conservation agenda of many countries or NGOs, and it is now timely to promote their conservation at a time when real impacts on their numbers and range are happening.
Why is this important to the Dallas Zoo?
The Dallas Zoo proudly contributes to the efforts of GCF by funding efforts to monitor giraffes and remove snares in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda, home to more than 90% of the wild population of the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe. These funds also help GCF and the Uganda Wildlife Authority raise awareness in local communities in an effort to decrease poaching in the area.