The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

Wednesday, February 26th, at 7:15pm

Dr. Anne Innis Dagg retraces the steps of her groundbreaking 1956 journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild—and discovers a startling contrast between the world of giraffes she once knew and the one it has become. Weaving through the past and present, her harrowing journey gives us an intimate look into the male-dominated academic research that obstructed her career and the events that brought her back to the world of ‘giraffologists’. And none-too-soon, as African giraffe populations have plummeted 40% since just the 1980s. (83 mins)

Post-film discussion:
Jennifer McNamara is the Lead Keeper of the African Dept at the Virginia Zoo.
Catherine Kilduff is a staff lawyer for the Center of Biological Diversity.

“This warm documentary uses one woman’s singular passion to fuel a tale of zoological discovery, blatant sexism and environmental alarm.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

“Her research was groundbreaking, and the 16 millimeter color footage she shot at the time, amply displayed in the documentary, is breathtaking.” – Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor