The Oakland Zoo is hosting a fundraising campaign to support giraffe conservation on June 27, World Giraffe Day, and zoo officials want your old jeans.
The program, Jeans for Giraffes, benefits the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. As a key partner in this collaboration between several zoos in California, Oakland Zoo is collecting denim, to raise money to support giraffe research and to protect giraffe populations in Africa. That means you can bring in or mail jeans to the Oakland Zoo, even jeans that are old and well loved.
As an added benefit, your donated jeans help the planet by reducing waste; according to Oakland Zoo officials, the average person in the United States throws away 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per year, and 23.8 billion pounds of clothing end up in landfills each year. Denim collection bins will be placed outside the upper and lower entrances to Oakland Zoo.
“The decline in giraffe numbers across Africa is devastating,” said Darren Minier, Zoological Manager at Oakland Zoo. “Much is still unknown about giraffes, which has led to many misconceptions that may be impeding conservation efforts. More baseline knowledge is needed to save giraffes, which is why the Oakland Zoo is participating in World Giraffe Day. Giraffe Conservation Foundation has been vital in obtaining information regarding the status and threats to giraffes in many parts of Africa, and helping to carry out plans to keep giraffes from becoming extinct.”