African Safari raises more than $1,200 to protect wild giraffe

Press Staff Writer

        African Safari Wildlife Park is contributing $1,235 to Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF).
        The donations were raised from the park’s pledge to donate one dollar for each vehicle that passed through the gates between June 18 and World Giraffe Day, June 21.
        Since the 1980s, wild giraffe populations have declined by nearly 30% due to habitat loss and degradation, human hunting and climate change.
        GCF is the only nonprofit in the world that focuses solely on protecting giraffes. The organization works to build a sustainable future for giraffes through conservation monitoring, field research, habitat protection, translocation and community education programs across 17 African countries.
        “Giraffes are one of the world’s most iconic, beloved animal species,” said park director Kelsey Keller. “We’re proud to do our part to protect these African giants from our corner of the world.”
        The park is home to seven male giraffes – Bingwa, Harrison, Lake, Matata, Nakuru and Poptart – who serve as ambassadors for their counterparts in Africa.
        This gift is the latest contribution in a long legacy of the park’s support of conservation programs through its Guardian of Wildlife nonprofit, which was incorporated in the 1980s. More than $26,000 has been donated to wildlife causes since 2016 alone.
        More information and donation opportunities are available at
        Located at 267 S. Lightner Rd., Port Clinton, African Safari Wildlife Park has been delighting families for more than 50 years. The free-range Drive-Thru Safari features giraffes, bison, alpacas and deer. The Walk-Thru Safari, open seasonally, features kangaroos, porcupines, birds and educational animal programs.
        More information is available at


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