The Reticulated Giraffe Project is based in Samburu National Reserve, where it coordinates contributions from a large and growing network of volunteers across north-eastern Kenya, southern Ethiopia and south-western Somalia. The project works with the government of Kenya, a wide variety of partner organizations, and, especially, with local people to address the rapid decline in reticulated giraffe numbers that has occurred over the past 30 years. Since automatic weapons from regional conflicts began to blight the area in the early 1990s, a huge proportion of the total population of reticulated giraffes has been lost to poaching for meat and for hides. The challenges posed by climate change, poverty, growing human populations and accelerating development are huge, but project leaders remain optimistic that reticulated giraffes have a future in the wild.
The Rothschild’s Giraffe Project is the first-ever program dedicated to research and education on this endangered subspecies. Based near Nakuru, Kenya, the Rothschild’s Giraffe project works closely with Kenya Wildlife Service to conserve the remaining 670 Rothschild’s giraffes, protect fragile African ecosystems, and aid the Kenyan economy by preserving eco-tourism throughout the region. The project routinely collects and publishes information on Rothschild's giraffe population size, distribution, behaviour and ecology.
Wild Nature Institute currently runs the world's largest giraffe ecology research program. The program partners with conservationists and local people to reduce wildlife poaching and protect thousands of wild acres for migratory species. Wild Nature Institute also works to inspire future conservationists by creating and distributing conservation-themed children's books to Masai villages and schools.
Care for Karamoja is a community-based sustainability project based in Karamoja, a region in the northeastern corner of Uganda. Karamoja is home to about 60 endangered Rothschild's giraffes and over 785,000 food-insecure people. Care for Karamoja is working with several partners, including Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, to implement a program to instruct local farmers in the sustainable, captive breeding of ostriches. This program will reduce poaching pressure on giraffes and ostriches, plus improve the lives of people by providing: a food source, diversified incomes, employment, and valuable training in husbandry and business skills that can be utilized beyond the scope of this project.
Jeans for Giraffes is an initiative that provides a simple conservation action for groups, families, and individuals. Jeans for Giraffes takes donated jeans and ships them to a denim recycler. The recycler pays by the pound and the money raised goes to fund giraffe conservation programs in Africa through Giraffe Alliance.