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World Giraffe Day

Franklin Park Zoo

June 20, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Celebrate World Giraffe Day with us! Over the past 15 years, giraffe numbers have steadily declined in the wild from 140,000 to an estimated 117,000 today. This worldwide event is designed to raise support, create awareness, and provide a deeper understanding of the challenges that these animals face in the wild.

Schedule of Events

  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Visit our Education Station and raffle table (located by the giraffe exhibit), where you'll learn more about giraffe conservation from a zookeeper, and you can enter to win a variety of prizes, including a Zoo membership, giraffe painting, and Boston Lights tickets. Tickets are $5 each, and proceeds support our Giraffe SAFE initiative. 
  • 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.: Join us for Zookeeper Chats at the Giraffe Savannah exhibit to learn all about Boston's tallest residents!
  • 1:00 p.m.: During our Facebook Live zookeeper chat, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about our Masai giraffes, Amari and Chad! 

for giraffe-lovers

Committed to Conservation

Giraffes, an iconic species of Africa, have been going through a silent crisis. In just the past few years, their numbers in the wild have dropped dramatically with little notice. Giraffe numbers have decreased by approximately 40 percent, and there are less than 100,000 giraffes left throughout Africa. Threats include habitat loss, habitat degradation, habitat fragmentation, population growth and poaching. AZA-accredited zoos and their partners are working collectively to help save giraffes through education, scientific research, field work, public awareness and action.

AZA SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction

We're proud to support the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' SAFE initiative: A commitment to harness our collective resources, focus on specific endangered species (including giraffes), and save them from extinction by restoring healthy populations in the wild. 

Species Survival Program

Zoo New England participates in the Masai giraffe Species Survival Plan. By sharing research and knowledge, participating institutions work together to establish guidelines that best ensure the health of captive populations, and with success, the survival of otherwise extinct species.

Reticulated Giraffe Project

We've supported a number of organizations in support of giraffe conservation, including the Reticulated Giraffe Project, the White Oak Conservation Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Global, and the Sahara Conservation Fund. The Zoo also hosts yearly events on World Giraffe Day to raise funds and awareness for the species.