Unfortunately, like many other species on our planet, giraffes are under great threat in the wild. Giraffe populations have suffered a large decline in the past ten years, with estimates for some populations showing an 80% decline to what they were ten years ago.
We believe that no picture of the African savannah is complete without a giraffe, and indeed giraffes are an important part of any African ecosystem. With research, action and planning, we are able to develop new conservation strategies that will help protect giraffes, and secure a future for them in the wild.
With your help, we can work towards securing a future for giraffes in the wild by raising awareness, carrying out research, education and conservation.
A charismatic, gentle and unique creature, please help us to save giraffes in the wild.
All About Giraffes
Giraffes are the tallest living mammal on earth; they can be found living in savannahs, grasslands and open woodland across Africa. Currently there are thought to be nine subspecies of giraffes.
A unique feature, their long necks are used to help them browse on high vegetation that is out of reach of other browsers in the ecosystem. They feed mainly on tall trees and favour Acacia species, eating up to 34kg of food per day! Acacia leaves contain a high percentage of water and so giraffe can go for long periods without drinking.
Giraffes use their 18-inch tongues to strip leaves off branches; the thick skin on the tongue protects them from the thorns and their saliva is thought to be anti-bacterial. The dark colour of their tongues helps protect it against being sun burnt.Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man: