The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has released an alarming report which short-listed the African long neck Giraffes as an endangered specie that might go extinct if the trend doesn’t reverse.
According to the a new conservation report on animal populations worldwide, our favourite wobbly leg is “facing a high risk of extinction in the wild in the medium-term future” due to steep population decline. The group further informed that 40% of Giraffe population in Africa has declined in the past 30 years due to the following reasons:
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- destruction of their habitat,
- illegal hunting,
- increasing human-wildlife conflict,
- disease and civil unrest are all pushing the species towards extinction, says IUCN.
The African giraffe is regarded as the tallest living terrestrial animals and the largest ruminants and Julian Fennessy of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation believes theirs would be a silent extinction because most people assume there are no such threats on giraffes.
Julian Fennessy of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, which helped lead the new population survey, told Gizmodo:
“This is a silent extinction. Most people assume giraffes have been just fine.”
As a result, the mammal had been neglected in terms of research and conservation, despite being one of the world’s most recognisable animals. But thanks to devout international groups, pro-active government and other NGOs who had partaken effectively in preserving and protecting wild lives from harsh nature and human destructive activities.
Furthermore, the group reported that three of the currently recognized subspecies – the southern giraffe of South Africa, the West African giraffe of Niger, and the Rothschild’s giraffe of Eastern Africa – have greatly increased in their population since 1985 due to better management, eco-tourism industry, and pro-active conservation policies.
Not only giraffes, even birds have been included in the red list endangered species. Hence much is expected of humans to rise up and fulfill their God’s given duty as caretakers of all creatures.