International Giraffe Day - June 21

June 21 is a day in honor of the tallest animal in the world, the one who looks down on us but still remains modest and gentle - the giraffe!
June 21 is also the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere so there is nothing more appropriate than it to celebrate the long giraffe its special day.
Conservation and protection of wildlife has long been on our agenda - beautiful creatures like giraffes are at risk in their natural environment due to a number of factors, such as poaching and destruction of their ecosystems and habitats.
World Giraffe Day was founded by the GCF - Giraffe Conservation Foundation to raise awareness of the plight of the amazing animal at risk.
According to the GCF, only about 100,000 giraffes remain in the wild, meaning they are approaching a high-risk state.
Giraffes have four species: the Masai giraffe that lives in Kenya and Tanzania. The Northern giraffe lives in northern and central sub-Saharan Africa, the Southern giraffe lives in southern Africa and the Reticulated giraffe lives in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.
In the IUCN Red List, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, giraffes have recently moved to the list of 'vulnerable to extinction' - their numbers in Africa have plummeted, by 40% in just the last three decades alone. Unfortunately, giraffes are officially extinct in more than seven countries in Africa, and this underscores the need to protect them. Most often, these declines in population are due to the increase in human settlements and as a result the loss of the habitats of the giraffes.
The Masai giraffe has lost half its number in the last thirty years, and now only about 32,000 giraffes remain in Tanzania and southern Kenya.
GCF now has dozens of partners all over the world, committed to helping preserve this noble beast. Parks in Western countries regularly organize activities and games to celebrate the day, including giraffe-style interior painting. Many zoos also provide visitors with the opportunity to meet the expert giraffe keepers and learn more about their lives, both in captivity and in the wild.
There is a desperate need for an event like World Giraffe Day. These creatures, like elephants, lions and hippos, are an inspiration to children all over the world and a leading factor in conservation efforts. It is almost impossible to imagine Africa without these giant animals roaming the savannah.
The giraffes are vegetarian and feed on leaves
Giraffe's pregnancy lasted about 15 months and at the end one calf is born

How to Celebrate World Giraffe Day
The GCF website has a lot of information for you if you are interested in contributing to the effort to save the global giraffe population, and you should definitely take a look if you like long-necked creatures.
Many zoos around the world are involved in fundraising and maintaining this day - so if you want to be a part of it, you can jump in and contribute your share.
Aside from attending the event and donating money, if you are creative, you can draw a picture of a giraffe and share it on social media. You can write articles about the giraffes and the dangers they face and what can be done to preserve them for future generations. Anything you can do to raise awareness that the existence of this wonderful animal is not taken for granted and is in danger would be great for marking Giraffe Day.

June 21 is also Selfie Day, World Music Day and Yoga Day

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