With the giraffe population experiencing a sharp decline, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) established this day to focus the world's attention on the giraffe.
In 1999, there were 140,000 giraffes. Today, there are approximately 80,000. If you break these numbers down into the nine subspecies of giraffes, the data is staggering. The table below shares the approximate population of each subspecies. Please notice that two subspecies, West African and Nubian, have less than 1000 representative giraffes.
List of (sub)species:
Angolan giraffe (G. c. angolensis) < 20,000
Kordofan giraffe (G. c. antiquorum) < 3,000
Masai giraffe (G. c. tippelschirchi) < 37,000
Nubian giraffe (G. c. camelopardalis) < 650
Reticulated giraffe (G. c. reticulata) < 4,700
Rothschild's giraffe (G. c. rothschildi) < 1,100
South African giraffe (G. c. giraffa) < 12,000
Thornicroft’s giraffe (G c. thornicrofti) < 1,000
West African giraffe (G. c. peralta) < 300
Data pulled from the Giraffe Conservation Foundations website's FAQs page.
So, what can you do?
GCF needs funds to continue to work on understanding and saving Africa's most iconic animal. You can:
- Visit the GCF site and donate to them
- Get the word out
- Check your local area for any events in support of World Giraffe Day
- Visit the World Giraffe Day Facebook page to find other opportunities
- Participate in a silent auction, sponsored by GCF and Kevin Halfhill
Whatever you do. Please do something or someday soon your children or grandchildren might live in a world without giraffes.
What will you do?