The 21st of June is a very special day if you’re a giraffe or, one of the conservation organisations trying to help them fight back from their Silent Extinction: it’s World Giraffe Day!
To mark World Giraffe Day, Zoos SA has revealed the name of the female giraffe calf born at Monarto Safari Park on May 7th as Kamili, which means perfect in Swahili.
The little one has been bottle fed by keepers after noticing that her mother was showing no interest in feeding her. “Kamili is looking strong and feeding well,” said keeper Vaughan Wilson. “She now has three bottles a day.
“We are hopeful that she can rejoin the herd very soon. We are currently training her to take her feeds from the back of the ute so that she can go out in the main exhibit with the other giraffes and still get her milk.
“The keepers have worked around the clock to care for little Kamili. She really has lived up to her name and been the perfect calf, chugging away at her milk and -growing and developing normally,” finished Vaughan.
Many will remember the vision of the little giraffe calf interacting with her newly discovered shadow. The vision of her playfully lifting her leg and watching her shadow do the same has been seen and commented on by viewers from around the world.
As well as revealing Kamili’s name, visitors to both Zoos SA sites were encouraged to wear orange or giraffe costumes for World Giraffe Day while those who couldn’t attend were urged to post pictures wearing their giraffe colours on Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park’s Facebook pages. An event page also has downloadable colouring-in and masks.
Keepers at Adelaide Zoo will give a special giraffe talk and the giraffe trio of Kimya, Nolean and Azizi are viewable through a special World Giraffe Day live webcam.
World Giraffe Day is an exciting annual event initiated by GCF to celebrate the tallest animal on the longest day or night (depending on which hemisphere you live!) of the year – 21 June – every year!
Zoos SA is long-term supporter of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) and donates money through its Giraffe Safari and feed experiences across both sites. Zoos SA has helped the GCF to purchase GPS satellite-tracking units called Twiga Trackers that provide a better understanding of wild giraffes’ spatial movements and habitat use and therefore inform effective conservation and planning.
The GCF is committed to a sustainable future for all giraffe populations in the wild.
The giraffe is classified by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as being vulnerable to extinction with the population decline referred to as The Silent Extinction. The Silent Extinction refers to the general misconception that the species is not under threat whereas sadly there are thought to be only 68,000 giraffes left in the wild.
Zoos SA is a conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and to save animals from extinction. Initiatives such as World Giraffe Day raise awareness for the species’ troubles and provide the chance to stop and think about the plight of giraffes and question what we can do to help them.
Conservation charity Zoos SA’s End of Financial Year campaign features the story of little Kamili and how a tax deductible End of Financial Year donation of $40 would be enough to feed her for one day.
To find out more about Zoos SA’s conservation work and the projects that it supports in Australia and worldwide click here.