June 21st, 2019

Giraffe

World Giraffe Day

I know, I never popped back to catch up, but the tiredness has been a real problem this week.

However yesterday was my last day at work for a fortnight, although today and over the weekend I am busy meeting friends.  But I will try to be more organised (if you could see how dusty the house is you would know you aren't the only ones I am ignoring!)

Anyway, I just wanted to say Hi, and to tell people of what today is ... other than The Longest Day.  My favourite animal is a giraffe, and today is World Giraffe Day, so I have copied and pasted this off their news page for today, so you can see a bit of (yet another) project to save the stunning animals of this world ...


World Giraffe Day – 21 June 2019 – is dedicated to Twiga Tracker, the largest giraffe GPS satellite tracking programme ever in Africa (‘twiga’ is Swahili for giraffe).

Giraffe were listed as Vulnerable to extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in 2016. Giraffe numbers in Africa have plummeted by a staggering 30% over the last 30 years.

We estimate today that there are only approximately 111,000 giraffe remaining in all of Africa.

To save giraffe in Africa, we need to gain a better understanding of where giraffe live, where they move and how they use their habitat. Twiga Tracker aims to track a minimum of 250 giraffe across their range with innovative GPS satellite solar units.

This is an ambitious goal – both logistically and financially. At a cost of USD2,500 per unit, deployment in remote areas of Africa will cost an estimated USD4,000-5,000 per unit – a total of more than USD1,000,000.

Twiga Tracker is a collaboration between some of the biggest names in field conservation and science: GCF has partnered with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and San Diego Zoo Global.