How amazing?! Coffee Bean’s long-awaited reunion with Julian Fennessy, the incredible Co-Director of GCF! These two old pals finally crossed paths again. You might recall that Coffee Bean, being over 20 years old, was one of the original study animals in Julian’s groundbreaking PhD research. We were astounded to see that Julian hadn’t lost his touch, as he immediately recognized Coffee Bean out in the field. It was in 1999 when Coffee Bean, just a young juvenile, was first documented and photographed by Julian. Fast forward to today, and Coffee Bean has become a dominant bull in the majestic Hoanib River. Although he has grown significantly, his spots and distinctive pattern remain unchanged. Both Julian and Coffee Bean have gracefully embraced a touch of grey over the years—or as Julian would put it, they’ve become “more mature.” However, we can’t help but acknowledge the incredible technological advancements that have made our photos all the more remarkable. The reunion of these two kindred spirits was a testament to the enduring bond they share and the journey they’ve embarked upon together.
About Giraffe Conservation Foundation
Every donation supports our work with local and international partners, affecting over 100 million acres of giraffe habitat.
The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) is the only NGO in the world that concentrates solely on the conservation and management of giraffe in the wild throughout Africa. We are dedicated to securing a future for all giraffe populations in the wild.
Our conservation story started in Namibia, where we have studied several giraffe populations for over two decades now. Our findings have directly impacted the global understanding of giraffe and how best to save them. It was the GCF team that first realized that there are four different species of giraffe (and not only one as previously thought). Our pioneering work in Africa also led to global recognition of giraffe’s silent extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
However, our work is not done—there is still so much to learn. It is only through better understanding that we can develop targeted, sustainable conservation strategies with the local people who share their space with wildlife to secure the long-term future of giraffe in Africa.
We envision a world where all giraffe can live wild and free within their historical ranges or habitats throughout Africa and are protected by the people around them.
Join us on our journey and help save giraffe today, before it’s too late tomorrow.