David O'Connor @doconnor16

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When you take a few days and stop back home to catch up with wonderful family and old friends #ireland #irish #sandiego #travel #ocean #adventure

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2 weeks ago

Farewell Namibia! 🇳🇦

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2 weeks ago

In Namibia for a ground-breaking series of meetings with several African country governments for giraffe conservation 🦒 🦒 🇪🇹🇰🇪🇳🇦🇹🇿🇿🇼🇹🇩🇳🇪 🦒🦒 @giraffe_conservation @wildlife_conservancy @sandiegozoo #giraffe #giraffes #windhoek #conservation #wildlife #africa #sandiego

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One of the #worldgiraffeday celebrations run by our incredible Twiga Walinzi team in northern Kenya today! So many passionate people coming together to help ensure a bright future for giraffe! 🦒🦒HAPPY WORLD GIRAFFE DAY🦒🦒 - - - - - - - - - - - @giraffe_conservation For World Giraffe Day 2019 - 21 June, we aim to raise $1,000,000 for our Twiga Tracker Programme. We are aiming to deploy at least 250 solar-powered GPS satellite tracking units on giraffe throughout Africa. Twiga Tracker will help us learn important information about giraffe movements and how they use their habitat. This is important information for the long-term protection of these endangered giraffe and to save them for future generations. All donations we receive in June will support Twiga Tracker. Help us smash our $1million target and donate now! www.giraffeconservation.org/donate Donors of US$2,500 or more, get exclusive access to follow 4 giraffe in Africa online. #worldgiraffeday #twigatracker #standingtallforgiraffe #reticulatedgiraffe #endangeredspecies #kenya #worldgiraffeday2019 #giraffeconservationfoundation #sandiegozooglobal #giraffeconservation #savegiraffes #endangeredspecies #fundraising #giraffe #giraffes #wildlifeconservation #africanwildlife #wildlifecharity #supportcharity #thursdaythoughts #loisabaconservancy #northernrangelandstrust #kenyawildlife @loisaba_conservancy @sararacamp @nrt_kenya @nature_africa #giraffe #sandiego @amivitale #conservation #heart #love #adventure @sandiegozoo @wildlife_conservancy @giraffe_conservation #giraffe #giraffes #giraffeconservation #photojournalism

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Right on! This reticulated giraffe shows her heart in northern Kenya! Tomorrow is World Giraffe Day to celebrate this incredible animals and to build support to help them in the wild - Right On! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - @giraffe_conservation For World Giraffe Day 2019 - 21 June, we aim to raise $1,000,000 for our Twiga Tracker Programme. We are aiming to deploy at least 250 solar-powered GPS satellite tracking units on giraffe throughout Africa. Twiga Tracker will help us learn important information about giraffe movements and how they use their habitat. This is important information for the long-term protection of these endangered giraffe and to save them for future generations. All donations we receive in June will support Twiga Tracker. Help us smash our $1million target and donate now! www.giraffeconservation.org/donate Donors of US$2,500 or more, get exclusive access to follow 4 giraffe in Africa online. #worldgiraffeday #twigatracker #standingtallforgiraffe #reticulatedgiraffe #endangeredspecies #kenya #worldgiraffeday2019 #giraffeconservationfoundation #sandiegozooglobal #giraffeconservation #savegiraffes #endangeredspecies #fundraising #giraffe #giraffes #wildlifeconservation #africanwildlife #wildlifecharity #supportcharity #thursdaythoughts #loisabaconservancy #northernrangelandstrust #kenyawildlife @loisaba_conservancy @sararacamp @nrt_kenya @nature_africa #giraffe #sandiego @amivitale #conservation #heart #love #adventure @sandiegozoo @wildlife_conservancy

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Here are a year of tracks of the 11 endangered reticulated giraffe we collared in Kenya in 2017. This work is part of the incredible Twiga Tracker Initiate we are partnering with @giraffe_conservation and @smithsonian to implement- this research is vital for giraffe conservation - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Posted @withrepost@giraffe_conservation For World Giraffe Day 2019 - 21 June, we aim to raise $1,000,000 for our Twiga Tracker Programme. We are aiming to deploy at least 250 solar-powered GPS satellite tracking units on giraffe throughout Africa. Twiga Tracker will help us learn important information about giraffe movements and how they use their habitat. This example shows the movements of 11 endangered Reticulated giraffe that were tagged in Northern Kenya in 2017 together with our partner @sandiegozoo The cluster on the left shows giraffe that were tagged in Loisaba Conservancy (black boundary lines - an area of 56,000 acres ). We now know for sure that the giraffe move beyond the conservancy boundaries and use a significantly larger range. This is important information for the long-term protection of these endangered giraffe and to save them for future generations. All donations we receive in June will support Twiga Tracker. Help us smash our $1million target and donate now! www.giraffeconservation.org/donate Donors of US$2,500 or more, get exclusive access to follow 4 giraffe in Africa online. #worldgiraffeday #twigatracker #standingtallforgiraffe #reticulatedgiraffe #endangeredspecies #kenya #worldgiraffeday2019 #giraffeconservationfoundation #sandiegozooglobal #giraffeconservation #savegiraffes #endangeredspecies #fundraising #giraffe #giraffes #wildlifeconservation #africanwildlife #wildlifecharity #supportcharity #thursdaythoughts #loisabaconservancy #northernrangelandstrust #kenyawildlife @loisaba_conservancy @sararacamp @nrt_kenya @nature_africa #giraffe #sandiego

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April 2019

Attaching small satellite tracking units to the horns of giants can be tricky, but it’s vital for conservation and protection of giraffe in wild. After being darted with the tranquilizer, a side effect of the drug is that the giraffe will often run before it kicks in fully and it falls asleep. We have to race along to keep up, so when it slows, we can help it lay down safely. This big guy gave us a run! but we were able to attach a unit to him, and he was back on his feet within 10 mins. He’s now a guardian for his species, sending his location to a satellite once every hour. - Thank you Phil Carter @ttasteslikechicken for the photo. . . . @giraffe_conservation #uganda #sandiego #irish #SaveGiraffe #giraffe #giraffes #giraffeconservation #giraffelove @sandiegozoo @wildlife_conservancy

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March 2019

Into South Sudan then back to Uganda to kick off vital giraffe conservation work, attaching satellite tracking units to Nubian giraffe that will record their location ever hour for at least two years. Five so far... An incredible team effort, and hard, happy work! - Thank you Phil Carter @ttasteslikechicken for the photo . #sandiego #uganda #giraffe #conservation

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March 2019

... into Kidepo Valley and on to South Sudan border #uganda #kidepo #conservation

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April 2019

The eloquent @amivitale highlights @ruthlekupanai one of the amazing members of our Twiga Walinzi team of conservationists working heroically everyday for people and wildlife - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Posted @withrepost@amivitale Photo by @amivitale | On International Women's Day, I want to share the story of one of the inspiring women I have met. Ruth Lekgpanai is the first woman in Africa who is a "giraffe guard" for the “Twiga Walinzi,” a brilliant team that works as field researchers and protectors of endangered reticulated giraffe in northern Kenya. Right now, giraffe are undergoing what has been referred to as a silent extinction. Current estimates are that giraffe populations across Africa have dropped 40 percent in three decades, plummeting from approximately 155,000 in the late 1980s to under 100,000 today. She and her team are on the front lines of protecting this beautiful animal, gathering more information on giraffe populations and developing a photo identification database to track individual giraffes. They manage a network of 120 camera traps and conduct snare removal patrols. Ruth is one of many women worldwide who are protecting, researching and caring for the world's most vulnerable species. @doconnor16 @giraffe_conservation @sdzsafaripark @r.e.s.c.u.e @sararacamp @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #d4s #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #amivitale @nrt_kenya @loisaba_conservancy @nature_africa @sandiegozoo #sandiegozooglobal #irish #sandiego @feministabulous

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March 2019

Posted @withrepost@pewenvironment Head’s up: Giraffe populations have declined by 40% in 30 years—and almost no one’s noticed. But researchers David O'Connor and Jenna Stacy-Dawes have. . In the latest Scientists at Work episode of our After the Fact podcast, hear how they’re using tech to save this species before it’s too late. 🦒 Link in bio to listen. 🎧 . . . #giraffe #africa #wildlife #conservation #endangeredspecies #giraffesofinstagram #podcast #sandiego #irish #kenya @giraffe_conservation @loisaba_conservancy @nature_africa @sandiegozoo #science #sandiegozooglobal

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February 2019

My wonderful friend @amivitale posted this glorious photo from our collaborative, community-led reticulated giraffe conservation program in northern Kenya. Posted @withrepost@amivitale Photo by @amivitale An orphaned baby reticulated giraffe embraces @sararacamp wildlife keeper Lekupania. This giraffe will be rehabilitated and return to the wild, as a number of others have done before him. Right now, giraffe are undergoing what has been referred to as a silent extinction. Current estimates are that giraffe populations across Africa have dropped 40 percent in three decades, plummeting from approximately 155,000 in the late 1980s to under 100,000 today. The decline is thought to be caused by to habitat loss and fragmentation and poaching, but because there haven't been long term conservation efforts in the past, it's hard to know exactly what it happening. Reticulated giraffe themselves number fewer than 16,000 individuals. Scientists are now undertaking major studies to better understand why giraffe are disappearing and what can be done to stop it. Follow @doconnor16 @giraffe_conservation to learn more. In a world of 7 billion, we need to start recognizing that we are not separate from nature. When we see ourselves as part of nature, then saving nature is really about saving ourselves. @conservationorg @sararacamp @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeo @r.e.s.c.u.e @nrt_kenya @sandiegozoo @sdzsafaripark @globalconservationforce @nature_africa @loisaba_conservancy #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #d4s #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #amivitale

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February 2019

On the road to their new home. 800km in 48 hours is no easy trip for anyone. The last 65km took 13 hours. The hazards are numerous – from diver fatigue to overhead power lines. It required almost superhuman efforts from the team to bring the #WestAfricanGiraffe to their new home safely. Check out @sean_viljoen short film about our effort that releases tomorrow Feb 8 #aerialphotography #drone #dronefootage —- photo by @sean_viljoen

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February 2019

#Niger has shown amazing foresight in protecting the rare #WestAfricanGiraffe There are only about 600 West African giraffe remaining on earth – all of them living in communal areas only 60km south-east of Niger’s capital Niamey. If something went wrong here, West African giraffe could go extinct forever. Here’s a short clip from @sean_viljoen short film that releases Feb 8 about this heroic effort to move some of these giraffe 800kms to reintroduce them to a former home, and create a second population. I was delighted to be on the ground and assist in this amazing effort... #ireland #conservation #goblue #conservationist @pewenvironment

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February 2019

What happens when a dedicated team is determined to make a difference. Eight #WestAfricanGiraffe were individually captured and moved, reintroduced back to their historical range in Eastern #Niger What sounds like an easy task is quite a challenge when it comes to giraffe. There are many dangers both for the animals and the capture team. I was honored to be one of the team assisting in this work in late 2018 - watch this space on Feb 8 for the incredible short film by @sean_viljoen about this heroic effort. @giraffe_conservation @sean_viljoen #SaveGiraffe #OperationSahelGiraffe #Niger #Sahel #GiraffeZone #GadabedjiBiosphereReserve #Gadabedji #giraffe #giraffes #WestAfricanGiraffe #NorthernGiraffe #giraffeconservation #giraffelove #animalsofafrica #conservation #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeprotection #Sahara #Saharadesert #worthmorealive #GiraffeConservationFoundation #GCF #ireland #sandiego #conservation #wildlife #sandiegozoo #sandiegozooglobal #endextinction @amivitale

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February 2019

Morocco doing its best Ireland impression... #sandiego #madrid #morocco #everydaymorocco #fes #fez #marrakech #ireland #irish #conservation #wildlife #travel

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January 2019

When the hallways in Madrid airport...never...end... . . . . . #madrid #spain #sandiego #airport

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January 2019

When...genuinely no filter, a sublime and glorious sunset #nofilter #sunset #sandiego #goblue #ireland #irish #ucc #universityofmichigan #everydaysandiego #socal #sunset #sunsets #ilovethesun

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January 2019

Wishing everyone happy trails, filled with adventure, achievement and happiness for 2019. . . #happynewyear #happyholidays #sandiego #cotedazur #france #eze

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November 2018

When an eley calf takes an adorable selfie at one of our camera traps in northern Kenya! See more like this and help us sort wildlife images at wildwatchkenya.org...... #selfie #elephant @giraffe_conservation @loisaba_conservancy @sandiegozoo @elephantcooperation @nrt_kenya @r.e.s.c.u.e @elewanacollection @kenyawildlifeservice #kenya #sandiego #frankfurt #ireland #conservation #science #elephants #nature_africa #sandiegozooglobal #dumbo

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November 2018

When it’s feeling Christmassy in Frankfurt #gluhwein #frankfurt #sandiego #christmas

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November 2018

When only I could find a giraffe in Dior in Paris... #GiraffeCouture #FancyTwiga #paris #sandiego

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November 2018

When the lions are curious about your camera traps... These beautiful ladies were captured in June on one of our Twiga Walinzi camera traps on Loisaba Conservancy in Northern Kenya. Long may these powerful ladies reign! @giraffe_conservation @loisaba_conservancy @elewanacollection @nrt_kenya @nature_africa @nature_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @ewasolions @lionlandscapes #kenya #conservation #lion #lions #lionconservation #savethelions #sandiego #frankfurt #sandiegozooglobal

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November 2018

When you’re working in Niger, and wilting from the heat, these cheeky les enfants make it easy to smile... #niger #conservation #sandiego #ireland

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October 2018

When someone cheekily videos you on the sly and catches you saying hello to an old friend #dork #kenya #sandiego #paris #giraffe #giraffes @sararacamp @r.e.s.c.u.e @sandiegozoo #sandiegozooglobal

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October 2018

When peering into the weekend like..... Took this in the incredible Phnom Tamao Bear Rescue Centre in Cambodia run by our partners Free The Bears. This sun bear was rescued after been poached from the wild as a cub and destined either for pet trade or bile farm. #bear #bears #cambodia #phnompenh #sandiego @freethebears @sandiegozoo #sandiegozoo #conservation @matthunt75 @limthona @eo_davis

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October 2018

When the kick-ass members of the Twiga Walinzi who are San Diego based are helping make groundbreaking discoveries about giraffe and conservation- watch this space. @jennastacydawes @nikkiegna #giraffe #sandiego #conservation #science #sandiegozoo @giraffe_conservation @sandiegozoo

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September 2018

When you have the greatest team made up of courageous, passionate and impactful people. They’re also quite the posse - loving working with them making the world better for giraffe, leopard and people - Kwende Twiga Walinzi! . . . . . . . . . #kenya #hero #conservation #science @giraffeconservation @sandiegozoo @amivitale #sandiegozooglobal @sararacamp @loisaba_conservancy #giraffe #sandiegozoo

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September 2018

When you’re back in London innit... . . . . . . . . . #london #england #sandiegozooglobal #sandiegozoo

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September 2018

When you work hard to help a species, but they’re still occasionally naughty and block the way.... . . . . . . . #Giraffes #Wildlife #GiraffeConservationFoundation #GCF #GiraffeConservation #conservation #science @giraffeconservation @sandiegozoo #sandiegozooglobal #giraffeofinstagram

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August 2018

When you see an old friend...Mara! Three years ago she had a tough beginning to life and was orphaned. Thankfully the incredible @sararacamp with the support our team -Twiga Walinzi - were able to rescue her, give her the best care, and re-released her back to the wild where she’s joined a herd and is thriving! Happy Day. . . . . . . . . . . #conservation #science #giraffe #giraffeofinstagram #giraffeconservationfoundation #sandiegozooglobal #sandiegozoo @katie rowe @jennastacydawes @nikkiegna @amivitale @r.e.s.c.u.e #kenya

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