SILENTLY GOING EXTINCT, THE WORLD’S TALLEST AND MOST GENTLE GIANT.
Towering over African’s plains, giraffes are social peaceful animals and are a necessary tourist attraction and economic drawcard. The 2,000-pound, 20-foot-tall giant with hooves the size of dinner plates, can deliver a damaging kick.
These long-necked megafaunas have been silently racing to extinction largely because they draw little global attention compared to the other dwindling species.
The giraffe tail is desired for a good luck charm.
The head and skin are removed from the giraffe to display as an exotic trophy. The price of trophy giraffe kill can cost from $1,800-$3,800
THE EXTINCTION OF THE GIRAFFE
African giraffe were classified as Endangered and of high conservation importance on the IUCN Red List in 2008.
WHY ARE GIRAFFES KILLED?
Giraffes are poached for bushmeat, skins, tails, and erroneous beliefs that their brains and bone marrow can cure HIV/Aids. Giraffe tails are considered to be good luck charms and exceedingly treasured by African cultures. Giraffes are frequently targeted by U.S. trophy hunters who pay thousands of dollars to shoot big game ‘prizes.’
WHY ARE THEY GOING EXTINCT?
According to the IUCN, the growing human population is having a negative impact on many giraffe subpopulations. Illegal hunting, habitat loss and changes through expanding agriculture and mining, increasing human-wildlife conflict, and civil unrest are all pushing the species towards extinction. Of the nine subspecies of giraffe, three have increasing populations, whilst five have decreasing populations and one is stable.