It’s Official: Giraffes Added to Endangered Species List Under Threat of Extinction
Unfortunately, human activities in natural habitats of animals are generally detrimental. The recent consequence of these measures has resulted in the inclusion of two subspecies of giraffes in a list of endangered animals, which means that they are threatened with extinction.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said the numbers have dropped by 40% over the last three decades, placing them in the “vulnerable” category of the Red List of Threatened Species.
According to the Irish Post:
“Two specific subspecies – Kordofan and Nubian – have been classified as” critically endangered “, the wilderness populations of Eritrea, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Malawi, Mauritania and Senegal decreasing very rapidly. “
The nine species of giraffes struggle to increase their numbers and have suffered greatly from mines, poaching, agriculture and construction in Africa.
Dr. Julian Fennessy, Co-Chair of the IUCN Special Survival Commission, said:
“While giraffes are often seen on safari, in the media and in zoos, people, including conservationists, do not know that these majestic animals die silently.
While giraffe stocks in southern Africa are in order, the world’s highest animal is under severe pressure in some of its central areas in eastern, central and western Africa.
It may be surprising that three of the nine currently recognized subspecies are now considered “critically endangered” or “vulnerable”, but we have sounded the alarm for several years. “
According to Smithsonian magazine:
“Giraffes face two major threats: urban and urban encroachment and poaching, poaching becomes increasingly problematic, and some unstable villagers kill animals for meat, but according to Jani Actman of National Geographic, many giraffes are slaughtered only for their tail, considered a status symbol and used as a dowry when they ask the father of the bride for the hand of his daughter Marriage in certain cultures. “
Dr. Fennessy adds:
“The biggest problem for giraffes, though, is perhaps the lack of attention over the years.” I am absolutely amazed that no one knows anything. This silent extinction. Some populations have fewer than 400 people, which is more vulnerable than any gorilla or almost every large mammal in the world. “
African elephants and rhinos are not the only targets of poachers, they are also attracted by giraffes whose heads and bones can be sold for up to $ 140. However, we need to educate the public about this serious problem before it’s too late, as our children would soon see giraffes in zoos.
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