Aside from being the Summer Solstice, June 21st is also World Giraffe Day.
Really? Yes! Yes, it is!
World Giraffe Day celebrations are joined by zoos, schools, NGOs, governments, institutions and conservation organizations around the world. Its purpose is to help raise awareness and support for giraffe in the wild.
While giraffes as a species are not technically endangered, the giraffe population is less than 80,000 and decreasing. Giraffes are also listed as “least concern” by the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species.
So to help celebrate World Giraffe Day, here are some interesting facts:
• A group of giraffes is called a tower.
• Giraffes basically silent, although some researchers think they may be communicating ultrasonically, and we just can’t hear it. If there’s a giraffe calling out in a forest, but nobody is around. Can you still hear it?
• Believe it or not, giraffes are also good climbers.
• There are about 80,000 giraffes left in the wild.
Are you wild about giraffes? Check out the World Giraffe Day on Facebook.