Coffee Bean (HNBM027) is an adult male desert-dwelling giraffe in northwest Namibia. He is a confident bull in the prime of his life, and stands tall with pride. While roaming his environment during the day, he is camouflaged by his cleverly designed spot patterns which blend with the dappled light of the desert. His bald ossicones (this is the correct name for giraffe ‘horns’) show us that he spends time participating in contests with other males for breeding rights. When not fighting for dominance, this gentle giant is often seen in the company of other giraffe, gracefully making their way along the dry Hoanib River while browsing their favourite trees.
All our giraffe adoptees live wild and free in the vast expanses of northwest Namibia.
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.