Giraffes are the graceful giants of the African savannas and woodlands, and they have a giant place in our hearts. As the tallest land animal on the planet, giraffes are easily recognizable for their long necks and striking coat patterns. They are the “watchtowers” of the savanna—thanks to their staggering height and excellent eyesight, they can spot predators far away, and other savanna species often look to giraffes to identify when danger is near.
In recent decades, habitat loss and fragmentation, drought caused by climate change, and challenges with human-wildlife coexistence have all contributed to a sharp decline in giraffe populations, and some subspecies are now critically endangered. It’s your support that gives these iconic animals hope, fueling critical conservation efforts for giraffes through our Savanna conservation hub.
Join us at the San Diego Zoo on Tuesday, June 21, as we celebrate World Giraffe Day and all you make possible for our tall towers! With interactive experiences, insights from wildlife care specialists, and fun surprises for the whole family, this will certainly be a day to remember.