GIRAFFE CONSERVATION PROGRAM @ Metro Richmond Zoo
“In December 2016, the IUCN moved the giraffe conservation status from least concern to vulnerable. Then in 2018 they moved their status to Endangered. The report stated the wild giraffe population has dropped 50% over the last 30 years. This drastic population decline is attributed mainly to habitat loss, civil unrest, and illegal hunting. Since 1995, 17 giraffe calves have been born at the Metro Richmond Zoo.“ MRZ
““Whilst giraffe are commonly seen on safari, in the media, and in zoos, people – including conservationists – are unaware that these majestic animals are undergoing a silent extinction. While giraffe populations in southern Africa are doing just fine, the world’s tallest animal is under severe pressure in some of its core ranges across East, Central and West Africa. It may come as a shock that three of the currently recognised nine subspecies are now considered ‘Critically Endangered’ or ‘Endangered’, but we have been sounding the alarm for a few years now.” – says Dr Julian Fennessy, co-chair of the IUCN SSC GOSG, and Director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF).“ GCF
Steph Fennessy, Director of GCF and member of the IUCN SSC GOSG, points out that “the updated IUCN Red List assessment highlights what we have been saying for years: giraffe are in trouble and there is no one solution to giraffe conservation in Africa. Different scenarios require different approaches. As a small but impactful organisation, GCF works with partners throughout Africa to enhance giraffe conservation on the ground and, at the same time, collaborates internationally to rally support and awareness for giraffe, which will ultimately help to save them in the wild. GCF
100% of Run Wild’s net proceeds from this race will benefit all 4 species (including 9 subspecies) of Giraffe through these 2 reputable organizations. Click on their links to see how they are making important contributions to mitigate this species’ extinction.
Reticulated Giraffe Program – Metro Richmond Zoo
Giraffe Conservation Foundation – All of Africa. (see map below)