Masai giraffes live only in Tanzania and Kenya, and their numbers are falling fast. The world's giraffe scientists, including The Wild Nature Institute, made an IUCN Red List assessment in 2016 and determined that all giraffes are Vulnerable to Extinction. Habitat loss and illegal hunting are decimating giraffes, their numbers have declined drastically to only 90,000. Africa-wide, elephants outnumber giraffes 4 to 1.
Since the announcement that giraffes are Vulnerable to Extinction, many concerned people have asked me what they can do to help save giraffes. Giving money and/or time to conservation groups like Wild Nature Institute is a great first action to help giraffes. Whatever your skill set, there is an important place for you in the giraffe conservation world where you can make a difference.
The next step is to raise awareness of the problem within your social circles, and encourage others to donate money or time to saving giraffes. We need volunteers to raise awareness in their home communities, either informally, or by writing, speaking, and contributing to the global conversation about our planet’s biodiversity crisis. People also can use their career skills by providing advice, services, or goods in their personal area of expertise that can help the cause. Please let me know what you are interested in and we can craft a personal plan for you to become a giraffe hero. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our work helps giraffes and people to coexist.
Our giraffe conservation research is discovering where Masai giraffes are doing well, where they are not, and why. Wild Nature Institute scientists are studying wild Masai giraffes in Tanzania using each animal’s unique fur pattern as identification.
We are monitoring more than 2,100 individual giraffes throughout their lifetimes to document births, deaths, and movements. This is the biggest giraffe study and one of the biggest large-mammal demography studies in history.
Our giraffe research is urgently needed so we can provide effective conservation actions in an ever more fragmented world, and ensure the future of wild giraffes and all creatures of the savanna.