The giraffe is the tallest land-based mammal in the world, and they are in danger.
On December 8, 2016, The International Union for Conservation of Nature listed the giraffe as an animal that is at high risk for extinction, moving up from “least concern” to “vulnerable.” There is a sharp 36 to 40 percent decline in giraffe populations in recent decades, from 163,452 in 1985 to today’s estimate: 97,562.
There are also other animals facing extinction: elephants, orangutans, bees, corals. What’s causing the decline? Anthony Barnoskly, executive director of Stanford University’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, states that the reasons are: “power, food, and money.”
Power – we are burning fossil fuels constantly for electricity, transit, and heat.
Food – humans have altered and plowed up 40 percent of the Earth’s surface.
Money – poaching and other illegal activities are still happening, all for cash.
A world without giraffes, our number one towering species. Read more about their extinction here.
What can we do to decrease, or possibly stop this decline in giraffe populations? How can we spread awareness of the importance in lessening our carbon footprint?