Giraffe awareness

It’s World Giraffe Day and we’re helping shed light on the challenges the planet’s tallest species face in the wild.

And we’re delighted to have raised £651.86 for the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF), following a weekend of fundraising, when visitors got the chance to feed our three giraffes by entering our raffle, as well as purchasing dress-up giraffe tails and ears, while finding out more about the campaign. Plus we added Sunday’s total of nectar sold in Lorikeet Lookout to boost the cause even further.

Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans, said: “We’re proud to support the work of the GCF who are directly working this year to save the Masai giraffe in Kenya and Tanzania.”

Some of GCF’s key work includes fitting collar trackers to the Masai giraffes and equipping local rangers to monitor, survey and support anti-poaching.

Sarah added: “There are less than 100,000 giraffes remaining in the wild and numbers have dropped by 40 per cent in the last three decades, which is why they’ve now been listed as vulnerable to extinction on the IUCN Red List.

“Thank you to all the visitors who donated to the cause on Saturday and Sunday and those who purchased nectar for our lorikeets on Sunday. Because of your help, DZG can make a real difference towards helping giraffes in the wild”

Remember to join us on Facebook at 1pm, when we’ll be coming live from the giraffe house and introducing you to Kubwa, Kito and Josie and highlighting some of the threats giraffe face in the wild.

And congratulations to our weekend winners who got the chance to feed our trio…

Amy Gearing and Ethan Price won Saturday’s raffle

James, Sarah and Owen Harvey were Sunday’s lucky visitors.