Giraffe Conservation Foundation

Standing tall for giraffe: Saving Africa’s gentle giants

The giraffe is an iconic African species and it is often a common misconception that giraffe are abundant throughout Africa. However, in the last 20 years giraffe numbers have declined significantly. Giraffe are now extinct in seven African countries and with only 80,000 giraffe remaining this gentle giant is likely to become Africa’s silent extinction.

However, there are people out there doing vital work to help save this species. Money raised by visitors and staff at Woburn Safari Park has helped to support and fund vital giraffe conservation initiatives.

Operation Twiga

In 2015 Woburn supported Operation Twiga, a Rothschild’s giraffe conservation initiative launched by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation

Rothschild’s giraffe, along with West African giraffe are ranked among the most vulnerable large mammals in the world. Today there are only 1,500 Rothschild’s giraffe left in the wild, of this 1,250 of them live in the northern part of the Murchision Falls National Park in Uganda.

If any form of disaster was to occur the Rothschild’s giraffe could disappear forever. Therefore, Operation Twiga set out to translocate some of these giraffe to other parts of the National Park to create new satellite populations, thereby safeguarding the future of this species.

How funds are used

Some of the money raised on World Giraffe Day helped to pay for vital satellite collars, GPS units and cameras. Without support from zoos and other conservation partners this project would not have been possible.

Read more about the Operation Twiga project here

Plans for 2018

The team are planning a special charity fundraising weekend on the weekend following the longest day - 22nd & 24th June 2017, more details are coming soon.