Happy World Giraffe Day!
Father's Day Giraffes
What a size difference between a giraffe calf and an adult male! We don't know the father of this baby, but it is incredible to think that a 2-meter tall calf can grow into a 5-meter tall adult. Males can also top 1,000 kilograms in weight, making them one of the world's few mega-herbivore species.
Happy Father's Day!
The wonderful students from Charles H. Hulse Public School in Ottowa, Canada are giraffe heroes. They heard about the silent extinction of giraffes by watching “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes,” a movie about one of the first giraffe scientists, the eminent Dr. Anne Innes Dagg. They decided they wanted to help, so they organized a rummage sale and raised funds to “adopt” a baby giraffe from Wild Nature Institute! A hundred percent of their donation goes to our conservation research and education program to save giraffes in Tanzania, and in return they received an adoption certificate, a photograph, and a letter from their adopted baby giraffe, named Baraka, as well as a Juma the Giraffe storybook. The name means “Blessing” in Swahili, and many of the students in the school speak Swahili and Arabic and thus understand the meaning of the name.
People often ask us what they can do to help save giraffes. Donating money and raising awareness are some of the most important actions you can take – which makes the students from Charles H. Hulse Public School true giraffe heroes. Thank you for standing tall for giraffes!
Back in February, we reported on a remarkable case of an adult female giraffe in Tarangire National Park allowing several calves to nurse at the same time. Today the report was published in the African Journal of Ecology.
In our new paper "Simultaneous multiple-calf allonursing by a wild Masai giraffe," we provide the first documentation of three calves nursing at the same time from one adult female in the wild. This unusual sighting suggests that for animals that live in social groups and share in caring of young, the benefits of sometimes allowing other females' calves to nurse might be greater than the costs.
We thank all of our funders who support our research, including University of Zurich and Penn State University; Parrotia, Temperatio, Promotor, and Claraz foundations; and our long-term partners at Columbus Zoo, Sacramento Zoo, Tierpark Berlin and Zoo Berlin, Tulsa Zoo, and Cincinnati Zoo.
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