Giraffe Conservation

Helping Giraffes Near . . .

To further the goals of the Reticulated Giraffe Species Survival Plan® (SSP), we assembled a bachelor herd through the efforts of nationally accredited zoos between Florida and California. The SSP is a cooperative conservation effort among zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Just like in the wild where males will leave the bachelor herds to seek out female company, bachelor herds in zoos will send out some males for breeding. In zoos, these moves are scientifically analyzed by an SSP coordinator using custom software that includes the extensive ancestry records of all the giraffes in North America to insure the healthiest genetic herd for long-term survival. So far, two of our giraffe have been selected and sent to other accredited facilities to help father the next generation of giraffes.

and Far...

In just the last 30 years, Africa's giraffe population has plummeted by 30%. To secure a better future for these iconic creatures, Naples Zoo partners with the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF). While giraffe are one of the most recognized of all animals, there is surprisingly little research on them. Under the guidance of Dr. Julian Fennessy (video of Julian at Naples Zoo) who is also Co-Chair of the IUCN SSC Giraffe & Okapi Specialist Group, GCF is changing that by establishing current status updates of giraffe populations and identifying innovative ways to mitigate threats along with so much more. 

You Can Help Rangers Save Giraffe!

Donate a New or Used Handheld GPS

Through the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, your GPS can become a Giraffe Positioning System! Day and night, rangers risk their lives fighting poachers and saving wildlife. Your handheld GPS in a ranger’s hands documents vital data for long-term monitoring as well as provides exact locations to radio in backup teams when poachers have been spotted. 

Donating is simple.

Just drop off your handheld GPS at any ticket box. Acceptable models are the vertical hiking-style GPS unit like the one shown here - NOT a horizontal car unit for the dashboard. If you'd like, you can also purchase one for us to send to the rangers. To help even more, buy one at through this link and a percentage of your purchase is donated to the Zoo! Just search "handheld GPS." Units like the Garmin eTrex 10 or eTrex20 will work well. You can even dropship it to the Zoo! If you're shipping, please e-mail our Director of Conservation at with your name and address and the unit purchased so we can send out an in-kind donation receipt for your taxes. 



If needed for shipping information, the following may be used: Contact: Tim Tetzlaff | Phone 239.262.5409 ext 122 | email:

Any questions, please e-mail our Director of Conservation Tim Tetzlaff. Thank you!
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