Human activities are mostly a threat to natural habitats for animals. They are usually a danger for the existence of various animals. As per the newest conclusions another two subspecies of giraffes has been added to the list of endangered animals. This means they under a threat.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has recorded that the total number of giraffes living has been reduced by 40% over the last 30 years. This led them to be included in the Red List of Threatened Species.
According to The Irish Post:
“Two specific subspecies – the Kordofan and Nubian – were reclassified as ‘Critically Endangered’, with populations dwindling quickest in wild areas of Eritrea, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Malawi, Mauritania, and Senegal.”
These giraffes from nine species struggle a lot to breed their ones due to mining, poaching, agriculture & construction across the areas they live specially in Africa.
Dr. Julian Fennessy, a co-chair of the IUCN Special Survival Commission, addressed:
“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.”
And according to Smithsonian magazine, “The giraffes face two main threats, encroachment from cities and towns into their habitat and poaching. Poaching has become increasingly problematic. Some food insecure villagers kill the animals for their meat, but Jani Act man at National Geographic reports many giraffes are slaughtered just for their tails, which are considered a status symbol and have been used as a dowry when asking a bride’s father for his daughter’s hand in marriage in some cultures.”
As per the researches by Dr. Fennessy, “The biggest problem for giraffes, though, maybe the lack of attention over the years. “I am absolutely amazed that no one has a clue. This silent extinction. Some populations less than 400. That is more endangered than any gorilla, or almost any large mammal in the world.”
It’s a very known fact that African elephants and Rhinos are preys of poachers, but giraffes also have become targets of these poachers since the heads and bones can be sold even more than $100. Let’s not be too late to make the awareness all around the world. Unless we will lose these gifts of nature and even the generations after us won’t be able to see them even at the zoo.