BVNA Announces Charity of the Year

BVNA President, Wendy Nevins, is delighted to announce the association’s nominated charity of the year for 2017/2018.

“I have chosen the Giraffe Conservation Foundation for the BVNA Charity of year because I have always thought Giraffes were magnificent animals.  Maybe I am slightly jealous of their height and elegance?

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation is dedicated to a sustainable future for all giraffe populations in the wild. Giraffe are already extinct in at least seven countries in Africa.

Here are a couple of interesting facts:

To protect the giraffe’s brain from sudden changes in blood pressure when it lowers its head to drink, it has valves to stop the back-flow of blood and elastic-walled vessels that dilate and constrict to manage flow. NASA has done research on the blood vessels in giraffe legs to get inspiration for human space suits.

A giraffe heart weighs approximately 11 kilograms and is the biggest of any land mammal. It is used to pump 60 litres of blood around its body every minute at a blood pressure twice that of an average human.

I also think it is important that we look at the wider issue of conservation and education across all species.”  

To find out more about this amazing charity please visit

Images courtesy of Fennessy/GCF

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