According to the the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF), giraffes are sadly in danger of becoming extinct in Africa. This is why the foundation, together with Polytechnic of Namibia, has launched a project where ordinary citizens can help save the species from extinction by taking photos and uploading them to an app.

The Citizen Scientists project is calling on anyone who spots a giraffe at a game reserve or in the wild to capture a photo of long-legged animal, along with information such as the location it was spotted, herd size, sex, and the age class of the giraffe (if you can get the information), and upload it onto the Giraffe Spotter web app.

To become a Citizen Scientist, you have to register and create an account on the GCF website. Your contribution will help GCF gather information on how giraffes are distributed across Africa and how many there are, as well as their conservation statuses. The goal is to build the first-ever, detailed assessment of giraffes in the wild.

For more information, you can visit the GCF and Giraffe Spotter wesbites.

[Source – Digital Journal, Image – CC 2.0 – Tambako The Jaguar]