The population of the world’s giraffes are in trouble. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, there has been a 40% drop in the giraffe population over the last 30 years. This means that giraffes are now classified as being under the threat of going extinct. It is hard to believe that no one has noticed that animals as big as giraffes are becoming endangered.
Giraffes are the largest land mammals in the world. They are also vegetarians, which means they only eat from trees and other plant life. This also means that they are generally friendly to human beings, although it wouldn’t be a good idea to get right underneath one because it could trample over you very easily. The legs of a giraffe alone are generally taller than a person’s entire body. That is why giraffes are kept in confined areas like zoos and reservations.
Giraffes are native to the African continent. You won’t find giraffes roaming free in any country other than certain African countries like Kenya. Any giraffes found outside of Africa are typically found only in zoos because they were transported there from Africa. Therefore, the only way to protect the giraffes is to protect them in their native African land.
The reason why so many giraffes are dying is mainly due to hunting, poaching, deforestation, and environmental degradation. So, it will not be an easy task to save the giraffes from getting killed or slaughtered, especially because they are such big and noticeable targets to those who are hunting them. Even if giraffes were placed on conservation land or on some protected government acreage, it still won’t stop poachers from coming onto the land illegally and killing the animals for meat or sport. The worst part is the endangerment of these animals is not really getting that much attention on a worldwide scale. That is why conservationists are saying that giraffes are facing a “silent extinction.”