Pulling in pounds for giraffes

DZG staff were delighted with the response to our World Giraffe Day activities which pulled in more than £100 to help giraffes in the wild.

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ABOVE: DZG’s Sarah Redding shows off our giraffe display

DZG Presenter Dorrie Hall and presentation team members Sarah Redding and Rob Dickie spent the day talking to visitors about the plight of giraffes in the wild and sharing interesting facts about the species.

They also had some giraffe biofacts on display, shown below left, including a skull, tail, neck bone and hoof to highlight the dangers the threatened creatures face.

Giraffe numbers in the wild have decreased due to hunting for meat, hides and tail-hair which is used to make bracelets, habitat loss due to over grazing, human expansion and desertification.

A range of giraffe food, pictured below right, was on show including maize, oats, bran, browser pellets, browse, cabbage, carrots and apples.

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There was also a raffle to win a VIP giraffe meet and greet at Dudley Zoo and a name the giraffe teddy competition. The money raised will be sent on to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.

Dorrie said: “All proceeds will go a long way to helping the Giraffe Conservation Foundation’s work out in the wild!

“So a massive thank you goes out to our generous visitors who supported World Giraffe Day.

“It’s a cause especially close to my colleague Sarah’s heart as she volunteers on our ungulates section and is lucky enough to work alongside these magnificent animals.”

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World Giraffe Day is an exciting initiative of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) to celebrate the longest?necked animal on the longest day or night (depending on which hemisphere you live!) of the year – 21 June – every year! Not only is it a worldwide celebration of these much loved animals, but an annual event to raise awareness and shed light on the challenges they face in the wild. By supporting World Giraffe Day you can help to support giraffe conservation efforts in the wild that will ultimately help to secure the future of this amazing creature in Africa. With only less than 80,000 giraffe remaining in the wild, the time is right to act NOW!

Thanks everyone for your support!