The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has slate of activities and events on-tap for World Giraffe Day on Thursday, June 21. World Giraffe Day, presented by Bob Moore Subaru, is a worldwide celebration initiated by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to generate support, raise awareness and bring attention to the challenges giraffes face in the wild.
On June 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Zoo guests will have an opportunity participate in event activities that focus on giraffe and habitat conservation, as well as talk with animal and conservation experts to learn what the OKC Zoo is doing to protect giraffes and how individuals can help. Activities are free with Zoo admission.
For adults 21 and older, the fun continues at “Drafts for Giraffes” from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Roughtail Brewery at 1279 N Air Depot Blvd in Midwest City. Zoo representatives will have an activity station with information about giraffes and a life-sized cut-out. Local food truck, Chris’ Grill and Frozen Treats, will be on-site dishing out food service in the evening hours. In addition to donating 10 percent of all proceeds from the day to conservation, Roughtail will host a silent auction benefiting giraffes. Auction items include art made by OKC Zoo animals, art created by “human” artists and an exclusive VIP giraffe feeding experience. The newly unveiled OKC Zoo “ZOObaru” will also be at the event.
In the last 30 years, wild giraffe populations have declined by 40 percent due to habitat destruction and poaching. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) recognized that giraffes were in need of conservation action and created the Giraffe SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) program in 2017. This year, the OKC Zoo joined 15 other AZA members to become a Giraffe SAFE partner. Giraffe SAFE partners commit to providing annual financial support for giraffe conservation programs in Africa and promote public awareness about the plight of wild giraffes. To learn more, call (405) 425-0262 or visit okczoo.org.
There are multiple ways giraffe supporters wishing to support conservation efforts can do so:
- Become a ZOOfriends member. Money generated from membership sales is used to support the OKC Zoo’s legacy conservation partners, including Northern Rangelands Trust which protects giraffe habitat.
- Answer “Yes” when asked to Round Up for Conservation while making purchases at the OKC Zoo. Round Up funds were used to pay travel costs for Zoo staff to help with a census of reticulated giraffes in Kenya earlier this year.
- Buy Northern Rangelands Trust jewelry sold in the Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop. These items are handmade by women in the Northern Rangeland Trust’s conservancies who receive the proceeds. This diversifies family income, reducing reliance on livestock.