Operation Twiga - Giraffe Conservation Foundation
Organized by: Jessie Schrauger
Giraffe are among the most magnificent animals to ever walk our planet. As the watchtowers of the savanna, other animals look to them to see if they are safe - and yet, Africa's gentle giants are not safe from the fragmentation and destruction of their habitat, and being poached for their meat, coat and tails. They once numbered in the hundreds of thousands, but the current population is estimated to be less than 90,000 - and that's a total over 9 distinct subspecies. This is a staggering 35% decrease over the last 20 years, and the reality is that giraffe are facing a silent extinction. But there is hope!
The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) is the only non-governmental organization in the world that concentrates solely on the conservation and management of giraffe in the wild across Africa. Its team works tirelessly to pave the way for a sustainable future for all giraffe populations by raising awareness for the need for giraffe conservation in local communities, implementing research and educational programs, and collaborating with local, national and international partners on conservation efforts and projects.
GCF's own Co-Founder and Co-Director, Julian Fennessy, will be coming to Florida for one week to share about Operation Twiga, a targeted and ongoing fundraising campaign to help save the endangered Rothschild's giraffe in the wild. Earlier this year, Operation Twiga was put into action in Uganda to relocate 18 giraffe across the Nile to populate a new and safe area within Murchison Falls National Park. Julian will kick-off his visit with a public presentation at Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont on October 16th, 2016 at 7 PM, and will then travel the state to spread the word.
This is where you come in! Even if we are an ocean away from GCF's work in Africa, we are united in a common passion and dedication to the conservation of a species that we simply must save from extinction - and that makes us much more closely connected. This is an opportunity to partner with Julian and GCF as they continue to raise awareness for the plight of the giraffe in the wild, and gain much-needed support for Operation Twiga. We can make a difference!
For more information on the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF), visit www.giraffeconservation.org