The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) is the only NGO
(not-for-profit/charity) in the world that concentrates solely on the conservation and management of giraffe in the wild throughout Africa.
GCF is dedicated to a sustainable future for all giraffe populations in the wild.
GCF is established as a Namibian charitable and funding institution of a public character, with the objective to raise awareness for, provide support to and secure a future for giraffe and conserve their habitat in Africa, and more specifically to:
- support the conservation of viable and existing habitat for giraffe;
- identify key threats to giraffe in Africa and develop innovative ways to mitigate these;
- raise awareness for and promote the value of giraffe conservation in African Range States and internationally.
- plan, develop, implement and administer projects and programmes, including the appointment of project staff, in support of its primary aim, and in co-operation with local communities and partner institutions as appropriate;
- collaborate with local, national and international partners on giraffe conservation efforts in the interests of giraffe conservation in African Range States;
- raise funds for giraffe conservation and management across Africa; and
- maintain a close working relationship with the IUCN SSC Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group (GOSG) to provide comprehensive awareness and technical support.
Key GCF Achievements
Capacity building & awareness raising
- Hosted, supported and developed capacity building of African and international students, researchers, managers and conservationists.
- Initiated and annually host World Giraffe Day – 21 June
- Initiated, coordination and facilitated three Giraffe Indaba’ (conferences) to discuss the conservation and management of giraffe in Africa (Namibia – 2011, Kenya – 2013, South Africa – 2015)
- Initiated and hosted the IUCN SSC Giraffe & Okapi Specialist Group.
- Developed an array of giraffe awareness materials including conservation booklets and poster series in 6 languages reaching millions of people in Africa and internationally every year.
- Partnered with local and international conservation organisations around the world, as well as Universities, private sector and zoo and aquariums.
- Published new and innovative scientific research on giraffe conservation and ecology, including proposal of four species of giraffe.
- Regular popular articles published and reprinted in international media reaching by millions of people internationally annually.
- Coordinated and published the only giraffe-target newsletter – Giraffid; the newsletter of GCF and the IUCN SSC Giraffe & Okapi Specialist Group.
- Ongoing compilation of a giraffe bibliography (almost 600 references) in order to offer a comprehensive library of scientific giraffe publications – Giraffe Resource Centre.
- Supported the first-ever detailed IUCN Red List assessment for giraffe and all currently recognised giraffe subspecies.
- In collaboration with the Namibian University of Science and Technology launched an exciting online citizen science platform for giraffe: GiraffeSpotter.org . Next iteration is under development – Giraffe Wildbook.
- Supported the re-introduction of two new populations of Endangered Nubian giraffe (formerly Rothschild’s) into the south side of Murchison Falls NP, Uganda and post-translocation re-introduction monitoring of 15 into Lake Mburo NP, Uganda.
- Currently implement, collaborate, support and/or advise on giraffe conservation projects/programmes of all giraffe (sub)species, working closely with local and international partners in twelve (12) countries, including:
- Endangered Nubian giraffe in Uganda – under MoU with Uganda Wildlife Authority continued long-term conservation and research in Murchison Falls NP, translocation of giraffe to south side of Murchison Falls NP, first-ever survey in Kidepo NP and monitoring support in the new introduced population in Lake Mburo NP.
- Long-term conservation efforts of the desert-dwelling Angolan giraffe in Namibia
- Environmental education for school students (all ages) and University interns in Namibia and across Africa.
- Supported the development and implementation of new National Giraffe Strategy of Niger and ongoing support to community-based giraffe guides.
- Supported the development of the first-ever draft National Giraffe Strategy of Kenya.
- Supported the initiation of the first-ever National Giraffe Strategy of Uganda.
- Ethiopia’s Nubian giraffe – DNA sampling, GPS satellite collaring, community engagement and technical support on the giraffe of Gambella NP and surveys in the countries south-eastern region.
- Assessed and provided support to DRC’s giraffe population, GPs satellite collaring, anti-poaching and monitoring.
- Supported large-scale community-based reticulated giraffe project across northern Kenya in collaborating with local and international partners
- Supported Nubian giraffe surveys and technical support across Kenya in collaborating with local and international partners
- Detailed genetic sampling and analysis of giraffe populations across Africa leading to the proposal of four species and five subspecies of giraffe
- Supported the first-ever assessment of Giraffe Skin Disease across Africa, with a particular focus on Tanzania and Uganda.
- Distribution of GCF Grants to more than 20 individuals and organisations over the past few years working across Africa and >$150,000.