Giraffes Now on the Endangered Species List

The Giraffe; the worlds tallest animal on land. They are graceful, beautiful creatures with long legs that allow them to run up to 35 miles an hour and for a span of 10 miles. It is always an incredible experience seeing these animals in real life because of the elegance they portray.

According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the giraffe is now on the endangered species list. We have seen a 40% drop in population since 1985. They are now facing an even bigger threat of extinction than the elephant.

Why such drastic losses? Oliver Milman reports in The Guardian that "giraffes have suffered from loss of habitat, disease and illegal hunting for bushmeat. They also face the risk of collisions with vehicles and power lines. But the petitioners argue that the species is facing added pressure from “trophy” hunters who travel to Africa to shoot their big-game quarry. These hunters overwhelmingly come from the US."

“There’s a strong tendency to think that familiar species (such as giraffes, chimps, etc.) must be OK because they are familiar and we see them in zoos,” Duke University conservation biologist Stuart Pimm, tells the Associated Press. In fact, giraffes have silently been going extinct across Africa over the last century. The animal is already gone from seven countries, Burkina Faso, Eritrea, Guinea, Malawi, Mauritania, Nigeria and Senegal. (Earth First Journal by Jason Daley)

Now through the end of May, a portion of profits from Gilbert the Farting Giraffe will be made to the Giraffe Conservation Organization. They are the only NGO in the world that concentrates on the conservation of giraffe in the wild through Africa.

Gilbert the Farting Giraffe available on Amazon

These animals are too precious to slip away. No matter how small, we want to help to protect these magnificent creatures from the harm that has so unfairly impacted them these past decades. The Giraffe Conservation Organization may be found here. Feel free to donate directly to them if you please! You can also participate in their "Adopt a Giraffe" program and donate as little as $5/month.

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