A tall order

West Midland Safari Park will be hosting an exciting fundraising week during May half term, dedicated to the conservation of giraffes.

Giraffe Week will run from 26 May to 3 June, where guests will have the chance to learn about the threats giraffes face in the wild, as well as highlight the work the Park does with its resident herd. All the funds raised during the week will go to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF).

A variety of activities will take place including a giraffe-themed trail, where guests will follow clues detailed in a special Giraffe Ranger Log Book and receive a prize once completed. The Log Book features information on all nine Rothchild’s giraffe held at the Park and their very unique personalities.

Katie McDonald, Research and Conservation Officer, says: “People seem aware of the threats to animals such as elephants and rhinos, but less aware of the precarious state of giraffe populations.

“Giraffe numbers have dropped almost 40% in the last 30 years, with loss of habitat being a major reason for the decline. Poaching and illegal hunting are also big problems. We hope by working with the GCF we can help to support the conservation of these beautiful animals.”

Special talks will take place throughout the week, where guests can learn more about these majestic creatures and the efforts taken to protect and conserve them. There will also be a Craft Club in the Safari Academy, where guests will be able to make their very own giraffe bookmarks and door hangers.

To find out more call 01299 402114.