Would You Like To Become a Giraffe and Stick Your Neck Out For The Common Good?
Get involved in the Giraffe Hero Project
A recent visit to the local zoo renewed my interest in the giraffe. Upon seeing that long necked, uniquely patterned animal walking gracefully around its habitat, I was awed by its beauty.
Then, it stopped and looked at me. I snapped its picture.
For a moment in time this creature and I connected. What was it thinking when it stopped to look at me? Was it admiring me? Was it wondering, as I was, why our necks were so different even though each of us had the same number of bones in them?
Obviously, the seven bones in my neck were surely very different from the seven bones in the giraffe’s neck.
As the tall creature moved on and went back to eating a lunch of leaves from the nearby Acacia tree, I marveled at its patchwork coat. What a beautiful design God had worked out for the giraffe to wear. I felt humbled as I thought about this and all of God’s creation. Each animal, plant, rock, tree, bird, etc. are uniquely designed. What a pleasure it is for me to be able to see each one and learn about its special quality.
A visit to the zoo is always inspiring for me, and this visit actually caused me to do some internet research on Giraffes when I got home. I learned many unique facts about them that I found quite interesting.
Giraffes are the world’s tallest animals.
Males actually reach 18 feet in height. They move so gracefully on their long legs one would never guess they could weigh up to 4200 lbs. Most of a giraffe’s day is spent eating, as they need up to 75lbs of food per day, and it takes a lot of leaves to do that as they only get a few in each bite. Their long tongues have a special coating which allows them to eat the thorny leaves of the Acacia tree. This adds to their uniqueness as it is something most animals can’t do.
Actually San Diego Zoo has a fun, fact filled page on Giraffes that I enjoyed reading, but I also came across one website that really caught my attention!
It is titled “Giraffe Heroes Project” and is found at www.giraffe.org
They are a nonprofit that: “honors the risk-takers, people who are largely unknown, people who have the courage to stick their necks out for the common good, in the US and around the world.”
Their mission is: “to move people to stick their necks out for the common good, and to give them tools to succeed.”
It is a place where people are invited to become involved, to stick their necks out, to become giraffes.
Would you like to become a Giraffe?
Ann Medlock, founder, actually had that thought which prompted the creation of this non-profit organization called “GIRAFFE HEROES PROJECT”.
To quote from their website: “Giraffe Heroes are people who stick their necks out for the common good. Giraffes tend to be involved in long-term efforts they’ve initiated, rather than in-the-moment physical heroism or in volunteering in efforts started by others. People who are fulfilling their job descriptions don’t make it through the Giraffe choosing process — the person has to be going above and beyond. People who are just famous, talented or gorgeous don’t make the cut either.”
On this site you will find: a Giraffe Heroes Database where you can search alphabetically for Giraffe Heroes worldwide and the Criteria for Giraffedom , which gives the principles one can use in nominating someone to be a Giraffe Hero.
There are also a pages with information on the K-12 Giraffe Heroes Program for kids, teachers and families, resources, and much more.
This is a very interesting and inspiring organization and one I definitely plan to check out further since I feel my world could always use another hero or another giraffe in it.
Leona J. Atkinson