Welcome to the official website of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group (GOSG).
The IUCN SSC Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group (GOSG) is one of over 120 IUCN SSC Specialist Groups, Red List Authorities and Task Forces working towards achieving the SSC’s vision of “a world that values and conserves present levels of biodiversity”. Made up of experts from around the world, our group leads efforts to study giraffe, okapi and the threats they face, as well as leading and supporting conservation actions designed to ensure the survival of the two species into the future. The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) are institutional co-hosts of the GOSG for giraffe and okapi respectively.
Our website provides news and information about giraffe and okapi, current and future conservation and research projects and the activities of the GOSG. We also host a library of resources including relevant scientific literature.
THE GIRAFFE IS LISTED AS ‘VULNERABLE’ ON THE IUCN RED LIST DUE TO A DEVASTATING GLOBAL DECLINE OF UP TO 40% IN 30 YEARS, AS ASSESSED BY THE GOSG – READ MORE HERE
18 OCTOBER IS WORLD OKAPI DAY! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
21 JUNE IS WORLD GIRAFFE DAY! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
THE 2015-2025 IUCN/ICCN OKAPI CONSERVATION STRATEGY AND STATUS REVIEW IS NOW AVAILABLE! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD