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Giraffe Conservation Foundation

A project of Wildlife Survival Fund: Investing in endangered species before it’s too late.



Geographic Location

Kunene Region, Namibia

Focal Species


IUCN Red List Status of Focal Species

Least Concern

This project seeks to build the first long-term ecological monitoring effort on the desert-dwelling Angolan giraffe in northwestern Namibia.. Collecting, collating and disseminating popular and scientific information will be useful locally and internationally for government, NGOs, communal conservancies and other interested partners to help with conservation and management of Angolan giraffe in Namibia. Surprisingly, this project is the first ever long-term ecological monitoring project of giraffe in Africa.

As part of a larger Namibian countrywide initiative, the project will work closely with communal conservancies in order to support the first ever Giraffe Conservation Country Profile for Namibia, which will be used as a baseline to inform the development of the first ever National Giraffe Conservation Strategy for Namibia: an initiative of the Namibian Ministry of Environment & Tourism (MET) in collaboration with the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF). Furthermore, the invaluable data obtained from this project will be fed back to local communities and communal conservancies in the area as well as into the IUCN SSC Giraffe & Okapi Specialist Group Giraffe Database (GiD) and provide the basis for the first-ever formal IUCN Red List assessment of Angolan giraffe. It is anticipated that the Angolan giraffe will be considered a threatened subspecies and this work will provide an important basis for the long-term sustainable conservation and management of this subspecies in Namibia.

Project Mission: To secure a future for all desert-dwelling giraffe populations in Namibia


Giraffes at Woodland Park Zoo

The giraffes at Woodland Park Zoo can be found in the African Savanna exhibit along with other animals native to Africa such as zebra and ostrich. This iconic species represents the success of captive breeding programs at the zoo and raises awarness of conservation efforts in the species' native region of Africa.


To learn more:

Read the giraffe fact sheet