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In December of 2016 the giraffe species was reclassified as “Vulnerable to Extinction” on the IUCN Red List, after research showed
that their population has decreased by 40% since 1999. Luckily, news of this classification spread like wildfire and the question now
circulating throughout the globe is: what is being done to stop the giraffe decline?
At the southernmost tip of Africa -- following the success of Walking With Giraffes , the first film to bring global awareness to the threats affecting giraffe populations -- the world’s preeminent giraffe researcher, Dr. Francois Deacon, is embarking on the most ambitious project of his career and perhaps the most ambitious project in giraffe conservation to date.
On the rugged and untamed plains of South Africa’s Rooipoort Nature Reserve, Dr. Deacon will set out to capture and GPS collar 20 giraffes, a project that will enable him to study these giraffes’ every move and behavior over the next year. Joining him on this wild expedition are renowned researchers from various parts of the world, each with unique scientific backgrounds. The team’s mission is to address various scientific questions about giraffe that have yet to be answered. Each biologist, with their own goals and objectives, will provide one piece of the puzzle of information needed to save giraffes from extinction.
This tenacious team will risk their lives as they venture into the enchanted environment of the Northern Cape to study and protect a species that the world seems to have forgotten. Saving Giants is a dangerous game, since a well placed kick from one of these large and powerful creatures can cause serious injuries, with the potential to be fatal. Many challenges will arise, from logistics to maintaining safety of the wildlife and research team themselves.
The true value of Saving Giants lies in the fact that the results of Dr Deacon’s project and the discoveries made by his world leading biologists can be applied by wildlife managers and conservationists to giraffe populations throughout the continent of Africa. For Francois and his family, saving Africa’s giraffes is not just a passion, but their mission.
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