There are many worthy organizations doing incredibly important work throughout Africa, and we like to take the time to highlight one of them now and then. We hope they strike a chord with you and inspire you to give time or money to these deserving causes. Today, we’d like to tell you a bit about the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.
Much attention is given (validly) to the poaching of rhinos and the encroachment of human settlements on wildlife habitat, amongst other issues threatening once healthy ecosystems, however the plight of the giraffe goes largely unnoticed. Giraffe numbers have plummeted over the past decade – while there were an estimated 140,000 giraffe in Africa in the late 90s, it is believed that there are only approximately 80,000 left today. Two of the nine giraffe subspecies have been listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List: the West African giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis peralta) and Rothschild’s giraffe (G. c. rothschildi) with only approximately 250 and 670 individuals remaining in the wild respectively.
The Giraffe Conservation Foundation’s vision is that of a sustainable future where all giraffe populations are protected and secure in the wild. To achieve this, they pledge to do the following:
Visit their website to learn more about their specific projects, to learn more about the giraffe, to donate to GCF or even to send a giraffe e-card.
Our passion for Africa began with a dream of living on the continent – a dream realized. We explored parks, rivers, mountains and villages, learned about the flora and fauna, fell in love with everything, and came away wanting to share our passion for a remarkable continent. Africa Adventure Consultants was born of the desire to give more people the chance to experience Africa’s wonders. Let us guide you into the wilderness.
Africa is enormous. There are endless things to see and do, and it can’t all be done in one trip. That said, we realize that many people believe that a trip to Africa is ‘once in a lifetime’ (though many more end up realizing once is not enough!). What do you most want to see? What experiences have you been dreaming of? Visit our destination pages to narrow your choices down, browse our safari types to get a sense of the activities and styles available, or talk with a Journey Specialist to hone in on the areas that will deliver the journey of your imagination.
We know it can be hard to narrow down what to do on vacation, especially with the wealth of choices that are available on the African continent. That’s why we have created an array of sample itineraries to inspire your travel. Browse through them – you’ll find everything from family safaris to honeymoons to Kilimanjaro climbs – and find the places and activities that excite you. From there, you can contact a Journey Specialist to start the process of crafting a customized safari just for you!