In 1956, passion and curiosity drove a daring young woman to make an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa and become the first scientist in the world to study giraffes in the wild.

Anne Innis Dagg’s boundless spirit broke through every obstacle she encountered in the ‘untamed’ continent of Africa.

However, when she returned home the barriers she faced as a female biologist proved much harder to overcome.

Now, over 50 years later, at the age of eighty-four, Dagg takes us on a trip back to Africa, retracing her trailblazing journey.

Letters and 16mm film footage give us an intimate window into her life as a young woman, and through her older eyes we see a startling contrast between the world she knew then and the one it has become.

The world’s first ‘giraffeologist’ and the species she loves have each experienced triumphs as well as nasty battle scars.

Smitten By Giraffes gives us a moving perspective on both.