The giraffe: new perspectives on a ‘well-known’ species

The giraffe: new perspectives on a ‘well-known’ species (organiser Russell Seymour, Member, IUCN SSC Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group)

Compared with other megaherbivores, the giraffe has not been subject to significant study in the past and, as a consequence, it is less well-known than we might think. Recently, however, significant new and innovative research has been published in major journals, including the Journal of Zoology. This meeting will bring together an international group of scientists, who will demonstrate the breadth of the new research by demonstrating recent advances in giraffe biology, from the taxon level (classification and conservation), through population-scale social organisation (long-term studies and social networks) to individual behaviours (observations of REM sleep).


Talks and speakers

  • REM-sleep as indicator for stress in Giraffe
  • Florian Sicks, Curator of Mammals, Tierpark Berlin


  • Life history of Thornicroft’s giraffe
  • Fred B. Bercovitch, Primate Research Institute & Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University


  • Reticulated giraffe: you don't know what you've got till it's gone
  • John B Doherty, School of Biological Sciences, Queen's University Belfast


This meeting will be chaired by Russell Seymour, Member, IUCN SSC Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group


Three-course dinner with the speakers

A dinner will follow this Science and Conservation Event and everyone is welcome. 
Dinner is £35 per person (includes two glasses of wine). Please contact Megan (details below) on how to book, or complete this form PDF icon Giraffes - a new perspective 8 July.pdf (747.92 KB) and return it to the address below.

This Science and Conservation event is free; seating is allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Further Information: please contact Megan Orpwood-Russell, Scientific Meetings Coordinator, Zoological Society of London, Regents Park, London NW1 4RY. 
Tel:+44 (0)20 7449 6227. Fax: +44 (0)20 7449 6411. E-mail:

ZSL Science and Conservation Events: An essential part of ZSL's work is to communicate relevant, high-quality zoological and conservation science. The integrated ZSL Science and Conservation Events programme includes Symposia, and the new 'Wildlife Conservation' and 'Communicating Science' series. Topics cover a wide variety of zoological and conservation themes, and international experts present and discuss their research.

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