Toys“R”Us whose mascot is Geoffrey the giraffe and African Wildlife Foundation will together provide students at AWF-supported schools in Tanzania and Uganda with opportunities to learn about their natural environment and local wildlife, including specific subspecies of giraffe.
The partnership will support talks and activities led by wildlife rangers, such as animal footprint tracking, as well as hands-on lessons on identifying local plant and wildlife species. Students will also embark on field trips into national parks.
The educational efforts will take place under AWF’s Classroom Africa program, which provides rural communities living in or near critical wildlife habitats with access to a quality primary school education.
Manyara Ranch Primary School in Tanzania is located near a wildlife corridor that connects Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks— an important breeding area for the Masai giraffe. In Uganda, AWF will soon begin construction on two primary schools situated near Kidepo Valley National Park. This park is home to the Rothschild’s giraffe, of which only about 1,600 remain in the world.
Fun Fact: The Giraffe is the tallest mammal and has unusually elastic blood vessels to help it cope with the sudden build up of blood when its head is quickly raised, lowered or swung.