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World Giraffe Day

It always falls on June 21 every year.

This day was initiated by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF), which is actively involved in the protection and monitoring of these exceptional animals in African nature. GCF helps with providing technical support to partners, from nature conservation monitoring to practical nature conservation measures.

There are about 111,000 giraffes in the world, and they are at high risk. In Africa over the last three decades, their number has dropped by about 40%. These losses are largely due to the growth of human dwellings and the loss of their habitat. In 2016, a giraffe on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species was identified as vulnerable to extinction.

Giraffe is a massive even-toed ungulate and also the highest of land animal species. Giraffe is ruminant, males reach 4.8 - 5.5 m and weigh up to 900 kilograms. Females are smaller and lighter. He lives in savannas with sparse trees and sometimes appears in semi-desert or sparse forests and bushes. They feed on tree and bush leaves (acacia). When drinking, the giraffe bows its head and straddles the forelegs to reach the water. Giraffe takes food and drink every day for about 12 hours. He is standing still and only exceptionally sitting with his head resting on his buttocks, about 4-6 hours a day. It can run at speeds up to 51 km per hour. They live in groups of 20-50 individuals.

The aim of this day is not only to raise awareness of the life situation of giraffes around the world, but also to support annual events. Zoos around the world are adding and organizing various giraffe events this day.