World Giraffe Day – 21 June, 2017
Marked all over the world with a variety of events, World Giraffe Day takes place annually with the aim of celebrating this wonderfully tall, well-loved animal.
There is a serious side to the day too – which brings together zoos, schools, NGOs, governments, companies and conservation organisations – that of raising support and creating awareness of wild giraffe popualtions and the challenges they face.
Only 100,000 giraffe remain in the wild. They are classified by IUCN’s Red List as Vulnerable, with populations having plummeted 40% since 1985.
There are four species of giraffe; the Southern giraffe, the Northern giraffe, the well-known Reticulated giraffe and the Masai giraffe-whose numbers have dropped by a shocking 52 per cent in recent years.
Ask your zoo how you can support wild giraffe conservation and attend an event near you this June 21.