That giraffe are slowly establishing their place on the global conservation agenda can largely be attributed to a few key developments, activities and achievements throughout 2016-17, and we can proudly state that GCF was involved in all of these. However, these achievements should not be seen in isolation. GCF works closely with African and international partners to achieve long-term sustainability and conservation success for giraffe in the wild. The combined efforts of all partners have been successful in creating international momentum for giraffe conservation, and the international conservation community is finally directing its attention towards these magnificent animals.
GCF continues to establish new and valuable conservation partnerships in Africa and around the world, and to strengthen and intensify existing links and long-term collaborations.
The iconic giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), one of the world’s most recognisable animals and the tallest land mammal, has moved from ‘Least Concern’ to ‘Vulnerable’ in the newly released (December 2016) International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Widespread across southern and eastern Africa, with smaller isolated populations in west and central Africa, new population surveys estimate an overall 36-40% decline in the giraffe population from approximately 151,702163,452 in 1985 to 97,562 in 2015
The mission of the Cheetah Conservation Fund UK is to increase awareness in the UK about the cheetah and the threats it faces in the wild. CCF UK also raise funds to support the work of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia and throughout Africa. The CCG Trust donation, which has been matched by a US donor, will go towards looking after some Cheetah cubs rescued in Somaliland, and to GPS collars for a re-introduction programme.
Founded in Namibia in 1990 by Dr. Laurie Marker, CCF is the global leader in research and the conservation of cheetahs. CCF’s mission is to be the internationally recognized centre of excellence in the conservation of cheetahs and their ecosystems. CCF works with all stakeholders to develop best practices in research, education, and land use to benefit all species, including people.
The Most Endangered Big Cat in Africa
The vast majority of wild cheetahs live outside protected areas, coming into conflict with humans that share the same landscape. There are now less than 8,000 cheetahs remaining in the wild and the cheetah is the most endangered big cat in Africa. Saving this magnificent animal from extinction requires innovative conservation methods that address the welfare of both the cheetah and human populations over large landscapes. CCF has developed a set of integrated programmes that work together to achieve this objective. CCF’s conservation programmes have effectively stabilised and even increased the wild cheetah population in Namibia.