Over the past three decades, the giraffe population has dropped by almost 30%, to approximately 111,000 in the wild. The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) is the only NGO in the world that concentrates solely on the conservation and management of giraffes in the wild throughout Africa. The GAF aims to secure and increase current giraffe numbers in places like Namibia, where hunting and decreased rainfall pose significant threats to the desert giraffe.
In partnership with the Giraffe Conservation Foundation and Hoanib Valley Camp, Natural Selection creates a strong and consistent presence in northwest Namibia to monitor desert giraffes and further understand population dynamics of this southern giraffe sub-species. At the brand-new Hoanib Valley Camp, guests can get hands-on with the conservation project and assist researchers by capturing photographs of, and then working with experts to identify, the giraffes they encounter. The images are incorporated into vital data mapping of this vulnerable species.
Photo Courtesy of Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF)