Not well known as an endangered species, there is thought to be less than 1,500 Rothschild’s giraffe remaining in the wild. YWPF are regular supporters of GCF, a charity committed to the conservation of these gentle African giants.
Giraffes – Giraffa camelopardalis
Giraffe are arguably the most fascinating animal in the world, from an evolutionary view they are extremely well adapted to their environment. For example, did you know that Giraffe have black/blue tongues to avoid getting sunburnt and their special system of veins in their neck stop them getting a rush of blood to the head when they bend down.
There are two subspecies of Giraffe at Yorkshire Wildlife park, two Reticulated Giraffe, one endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe and one hybrid. Rothschild’s giraffe like Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s Jambo are endangered, with less than 1,100 left in East Africa. To put this into perspective, there are approximately 5,000 Reticulated giraffes like Palle and Jengo left in the wild.
WHAT YWPF ARE DOING
YWPF are proud supporters of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, a charity committed to the conservation of Giraffe in Africa. Specifically, YWPF supported a major relocation project, named Operation Twiga. This project was put into action in Uganda in January 2016, where 18 giraffe crossed the Nile to populate a new area within Murchison Falls National Park.
The Giraffe Conservation Foundation currently estimate that there are less than 1,500 Rothschild’s giraffe left in the wild, at least 1,250 of these Giraffe are living in the northern part of Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda. Rothschild’s giraffe’s habitat in Murchison Falls National Park is under threat, due to increasing mining pressure, as oil has been discovered in the core Giraffe range.
The translocation of Rothschild’s giraffe was critical to increase their range and create a satellite population in a new area to ensure their sustainable long-term survival. Operation Twiga was a huge success and a great example of how partners across the world can come together for giraffe conservation in Africa.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
The good news is; you can do your bit to help!
We need amazing people like yourselves to help raise awareness and funds for these endangered animals. You could do anything to raise money, from a sponsored walk to throwing yourself out of a plane (with a parachute of course), the only limit is your imagination! If you would like a few ideas on how to fundraise for YWPF, we’ve done the hard work for you! Click here for some fundraising ideas!
We are always extremely grateful to receive donations from our supporters, anything you can give to YWPF will go a long way to help conserve Giraffe in the wild! Click the button below to donate today!