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Saving Spots and Stripes

Organized by: Jeremy Taylor

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THE STORY:

For my birthday this year (July 18), I have decided to raise money for giraffe and okapi conservation. (Last year, for my 40th birthday, I raised money for rhinoceros conservation). Giraffe and okapi are often overlooked when it comes to conservation efforts, but as Sir David Attenborough recently said, they (giraffes) are "facing a silent extinction". Giraffe populations have dropped from an estimated 150,000 around 2000, and are now down roughly 40%, with a wild population estimated at 80,000-90,000. Three subspecies of giraffe are considered endangered, and giraffes have gone extinct in seven different countries in Africa. Their striped cousins, the okapi, are considered endangered, with populations having dropped by more than 50% in the last 15 years. Found only in the Democratic Republic of Congo, they are very shy, forest-dwelling animals, making them hard to study. Funds raised through this effort will be divided among several organizations working to conserve and protect giraffes and okapi in the wild, including the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Okapi Conservation Project, TL2 Project, Save Our Species, and Virunga National Park. The more I raise, the more organizations I will be able to make a donation to! By working to protect these animals and their habitat, many other species will also be beneficiaries, including forest elephants, bonobo, gorillas, rhinos, cheetahs, and more. Please help me raise money to keep the spots and stripes from fading into a memory! Direct donations may also be sent to me via PayPal at jeremyjtaylor@yahoo.com or mailed to me at: Jeremy Taylor, PO Box 261, Selkirk NY 12158 Please indicate if there is a specific project you would like to see the funds directed towards. Thank you!

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