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’s Mission

GCF is dedicated to a sustainable future for all giraffe populations in the wild.

 
GCF’s Objectives

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.

Conservation

  • 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:
  1. 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.
  2. Long-term conservation efforts of the desert-dwelling Angolan giraffe in Namibia
  3. Environmental education for school students (all ages) and University interns in Namibia and across Africa.
  4. Supported the development and implementation of new National Giraffe Strategy of Niger and ongoing support to community-based giraffe guides.
  5. Supported the development of the first-ever draft National Giraffe Strategy of Kenya.
  6. Supported the initiation of the first-ever National Giraffe Strategy of Uganda.
  7. 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.
  8. Assessed and provided support to DRC’s giraffe population, GPs satellite collaring, anti-poaching and monitoring.
  9. Supported large-scale community-based reticulated giraffe project across northern Kenya in collaborating with local and international partners
  10. Supported Nubian giraffe surveys and technical support across Kenya in collaborating with local and international partners
  11. Detailed genetic sampling and analysis of giraffe populations across Africa leading to the proposal of four species and five subspecies of giraffe
  12. 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.