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World Giraffe Day 2019

Thursday, June 20 2019 8:49 PM
By Julia Stafford

If you’ve been to Tanganyika, you know how much we love & adore our long-necked gentle giants. In fact, we have one of the largest collections of giraffes in the country which stems from our highly-successful reticulated giraffe breeding program that was developed to preserve the species.  

In honor of World Giraffe Day 2019, we wanted to better-inform people about these fascinating animals by sharing some interesting facts about their current population/status and conservation approaches.

  • Since the 1980’s, wild giraffe populations have dropped by almost 40%.
  • Giraffes have become extinct in seven African Countries.
  • Reticulated Giraffe population has decreased by more than 80% and they are now an endangered species.
  • Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) is an international science-based conservation organization that provides innovative approaches to save giraffes in the wild.
  • World Giraffe Day is raising money for the Twiga Tracker Programme to assist in the funds needed to deploy GPS satellite units on a minimum of 250 giraffes across Africa. This will let the GCF learn more about how they sue their habitats and help them figure out long-term conservation solutions.
  • World Giraffe Day is an annual event celebrating the longest necked animal on the longest day of the year!
  • Giraffe Population trends:
  • Reticulated: Declined by 80%
  • Masai: Declined by 50%
  • Northern: Declined by 90%
  • Southern: Population had doubled!

Also worth noting, our Park Director, Jim Fouts's birthday is today! How fitting that these two big events fall on the same day. Jim’s never-ending dedication and passion for these animals has led Tanganyika developing one of the largest Reticulated Giraffe herds in the country. The Reticulated Giraffe population has decreased by nearly 80% and they are now and endangered species. Our breeding program, created and developed by Jim, continues to contribute to the preservation of the species.

Jim is not a fan of photos. So, when we asked him to take a photo with the giraffes for our daily social media post, he jokingly responded "Photoshop it" — so that's exactly what we did. Enjoy!

Please join us in wishing a happy birthday to Jim as well as a happy world giraffe day to all our gentle giant friends!

 


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