How far are we able to continue ruining our own residence? How far is too far? We are sharing the globe with countless other animals and plants, but we process as if we are the only beings to survive here on this planet.
A number of malpractices leave severe impact on the surrounding we live in, but when it is about animals and their extinction, we are to be named as murderers.
This is unfortunate news as two subspecies of giraffes have been enlisted as endangered animals, due to the threat of extinction, majorly because their habitats have been destroyed by us.
As per the report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the number of giraffes has gone down up to 40% during the last three decades.
Thus, the subspecies were shifted from “Least Concern” to “Vulnerable” and by now they are named under “The Red List” of Threatened Species.
The Nubian and Kordofan, the two specific subspecies of these giraffes were recategorised as ‘Critically Endangered’, with diminishing population in the wild of Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Eritrea, Malawi, Guinea, Senegal and Mauritania.
Furthermore, the reticulated giraffe endemic to The Horn of Africa, is also enlisted as “Endangered.”
All nine giraffe species have faced a lot of difficulties due to construction, mining, farming, and illegal hunting across Africa, and seven of them are fighting a hard battle to raise their numbers.
These giraffes are hunted regularly for meat in the African counters where they are still seen.
As the species becomes rare, poaching has become more profitable. And also, the Rothschild’s Giraffe Project which was carried out in 2010 showed that “freshly severed heads and giraffe bones” can net poachers up to $140 each.
During the past decade, more than 21,400 bone carvings, 3,000 pieces of skin, and 3,700 hunting tools were imported into the United States.
The co-chair of the IUCN species survival commission, Dr. Julian Fennessy explained as follows:
“Whilst giraffes are commonly seen on safari, in the media, and in zoos, people, including conservationists, are unaware that these majestic animals are undergoing a silent extinction.
While giraffe populations in southern Africa are doing just fine, the world’s tallest animal is under severe pressure in some of its core ranges across East, Central and West Africa.
It may come as a shock that three of the currently recognized nine subspecies are now considered ‘Critically Endangered’ or ‘Endangered’, but we have been sounding the alarm for a few years now.”
Stop the world, I want to get off.