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June 12, 2018 > World Giraffe Day saves animals in the wild

World Giraffe Day saves animals in the wild

Submitted By Oakland Zoo

Come join us in celebrating the fifth annual World Giraffe Day at Oakland Zoo!

With less than 80,000 giraffes remaining in the wild, the time to act is NOW. All funds raised from raffles and tickets purchased to feed our giraffes on this special day go to the Reticulated Giraffe Project in Kenya.

The reticulated or Somali giraffe is one of nine currently recognized subspecies, though recent genetic research suggests that it may merit full species status. Reticulated giraffes occur only in the arid rangelands of north-east Africa but little else is known about their biology, ecology or behavior. The Reticulated Giraffe Project, a partnership between Queens University Belfast and the Kenya Wildlife Service, aims to address this lack of information by investigating aspects of the animals behavioral ecology and of the population processes operating upon them.

All over Africa, giraffes are in serious decline. Some 30 percent may have been lost in the past 10 years alone. The principal reasons are believed to be poaching, especially for meat, and loss of habitat. Reticulated giraffes seem to have fared especially badly, with a drop in numbers of more than 80 percent from perhaps 30,000 a decade ago to fewer than 5,000 today.

This year Oakland Zoo will be celebrating World Giraffe Day one week early, on Saturday, June 16. Giraffe feedings are $15 per person in addition to zoo admission. All children need to be accompanied by an adult. Both adults and children over two years old require tickets to be on the deck. Advanced tickets are sold out, but you can also purchase tickets first come, first serve in front of the giraffe exhibit on June 16. Quantities are extremely limited, so arrive early for the best chance of getting tickets! All proceeds collected from giraffe feedings go directly to help save giraffes in the wild.

Giraffe feedings will take place at the giraffe exhibit. Guests must be able to walk on uneven terrain, including through grass and dirt. The line for feedings will begin across from the Simba Pori Lion Exhibit stairs. Day-of tickets, raffles, and activity stations will also be along the front of the giraffe exhibit.

All raffle proceeds go to the Reticulated Giraffe Project. Participants do not need to be present to win. Raffle tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the raffle table. Prizes include a painting done by Benghazi the giraffe, an opportunity to come watch Benghazi make a painting, a chance to shadow a zoo keeper for a day, and a private behind the scenes giraffe tour for six guests!

World Giraffe Day
Saturday, Jun 16
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m.: Feeding Times
Oakland Zoo
9777 Golf Links Rd, Oakland
(510) 632-9525 x166
Admission: $22 adults, $18 kids/seniors, kids under two and ages 76+ free
Giraffe feedings: $15 per person
Parking: $10

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