Project Peril Giraffe Recovery Fund
Scientific Name: Giraffa Camelopardalis
Giraffes are the world’s tallest land mammals, reaching up to 19 feet tall. Their long necks help them eat fruit and leaves from tall trees that most animals are too short to reach. However, giraffes are experiencing a devastating population decline. Their numbers have dropped by 40% over the past 30 years. Human activity including deforestation, agriculture, violence, and industry has destroyed giraffe habitat, and poaching has been on the rise. Over the past decade alone, the U.S. imported over 39,000 giraffe parts, the equivalent of over 3,700 giraffes.
Fun fact: Male giraffes use their necks as weapons in combat, a behavior known as “necking”.
Photos by Derek Keats and Wild Nature Institute
Source: “U.S. Market for Giraffe Parts Uncovered” by Adam Peyman, Humane Society International.
Wild Nature Institute
The Wild Nature Institute is a wildlife conservation science, education, and advocacy organization devoted to the preservation of wild giraffes. WNI studies wild giraffes in Tanzania using each animal’s unique fur pattern as identification. They monitor more than 2,100 individual giraffes throughout their lifetimes to document births, deaths, and movements in the biggest giraffe study in the world. They also promote grassroots giraffe conservation through giraffe-themed conservation education and children's books, and support community conservation and anti-poaching activities to keep giraffes safe.