Giraffe Orphans

Save Giraffes Now supports rescue centers and orphanages that care for giraffe until they can be returned safely to the wild.

Unfortunately, giraffe calves in the wild can become orphaned for several reasons: poaching, separation from the herd, drought, or in some cases the natural death of their mother. Sadly, however, there are very few giraffe orphans rescued in the wilds of Africa. This is because calves under a year old are easy targets for predator species (lion, leopard, hyena) when they are left alone when their mothers go looking for food.

But there is hope: for the handful of giraffe orphans that are rescued, Save Giraffes Now supports rescue centers and orphanages that care for giraffe until they can be returned safely to the wild. To date SGN has actively supported multiple orphanages in Kenya and Botswana, and continues to work with partners and communities across Africa to create, whenever possible, new rescue centers and orphanages to help save these precious calves left alone in the wild.

Please consider helping our efforts to rescue, raise and support giraffe orphans until they are ready to be released from our care to join a wild group of their peers. 100% of your donation goes to on-the-ground conservation work in Africa.

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A recent success story pictured here is the completion of a specially designed and built boma (enclosure) for rescued giraffe orphans at Elephant Havens in Maun, Botswana.

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