It’s Official: Giraffes Added to Endangered Species List with Threat of Extinction

In the previous century the technology has reached enormous peak, but that cost our planet a lot. Although there are ways that can be done to protect it from destruction we still are not doing enough to do so.

This planet is not only ours, there are also the animals and the plants that are irreplaceable link to the ecosystem. Each specie has its own role on this planet making it a better place to live in. However, we as humans do not contribute a lot to this ecosystem; we are deploying all the resources of this planet without considering the side effects of such massive exploitation.

Many animals are disappearing from our world and that is really terrible. Did you know that even the giraffes have become an endangered species?

Two specific subspecies of giraffes, known as Kordofan and Nubian, were first classified as “Least Concern”, then to “Vulnerable”, and in the end got on “The Red List” of Threatened Species.

They are “critically endangered” in wild areas of Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Eritrea, Malawi, Mauritania, Guinea, and Senegal. Even the reticulated giraffe, native to the Horn of Africa, is listed as “endangered.”

As per the official report of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), their count has gone down to 40% over the last three decades.

The co-chair of the IUCN Special Survival Commission, Dr. Julian Fennessy, stated the following:

Whilst giraffes are commonly seen on safari, in the media, and in zoos, people, including conservationists, are unaware that these majestic animals are undergoing a silent extinction. 

While giraffe populations in southern Africa are doing just fine, the world’s tallest animal is under severe pressure in some of its core ranges across East, Central and West Africa.

 It may come as a shock that three of the currently recognized nine subspecies are now considered ‘Critically Endangered’ or ‘Endangered’, but we have been sounding the alarm for a few years now.”

The reason for such classification is the destruction of their natural habitat that was caused by mining, construction, agriculture, and poaching across Africa. The latter one should really concern us as in this modern world they are being hunted for meat in the African countries. Becoming rare made this specie became even more interesting for poachers as they have turned it into a lucrative business. According to the 2010 Rothschild’s Giraffe Project the “freshly severed heads and giraffe bones” can bring profit to the poachers up to $140 each.

In the last decade, over 21,400 bone carvings, 3,000 skin pieces, and 3,700 hunting trophies were imported into the states, which is awful.

We should do something to protect this specie, as if we do not do that in near future, we may end up seeing it only in zoos.