Recap Member Special Event

woman looking at giraffe

June 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

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After 60 years of undeserved obscurity, mainly due to sexism, Canada’s Anne Innis Dagg, the first-ever scientific giraffologist (a word she coined), is finally getting widespread public acclaim thanks largely to a 2018 documentary “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes.”  On June 22, UWCNY had a special zoom screening and a zoom chat with Dagg and the film’s Canadian director Alison Reid.

In 1956, at 23, having graduated in biology at the University of Toronto, Anne made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa for a year to become the first person in the world to scientifically study giraffe behaviour in the wild. Later she wrote many scientific papers and books.

Anne has also launched a website with her daughter Mary to support giraffe preservation through the Wild Nature Institute. https://anneinnisdaggfoundation.org.

with thanks to S.G.

Film Synopsis – In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees … 23-year-old Canadian biologist, Anne Innis Dagg, made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to become the first person in the world to study animal behaviour in the wild on that continent. 

In The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, an older (now 85), wiser Anne takes us on her first expedition back to Africa. Anne offers an intimate window into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a first-hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today.