How to save our giraffes?
Which animal is mostly yellow, with four legs and a very l-o-n-g neck? Yes, it’s a giraffe! But did you know that giraffes are actually in danger of extinction?
Over the past thirty years, around a third of Africa’s beautiful giraffe population have died out. But why is this? Well, some African animals such as elephants, rhinos and lions receive better protection because the world knows that illegal hunters kill them for their horns or for a trophy. But the biggest challenges facing many giraffes are that human development and civil wars in parts of Africa are causing them to lose the wide, open spaces they call home or else, be killed for their meat.
Success in South Africa
Many of Africa’s poorer or warring countries have little money to protect giraffes as it’s spent elsewhere or taken by criminals. But in the country of South Africa, giraffe numbers are actually on the up!
Many visitors travel to South Africa to see wild animals in their own environments. This brings in a lot of money to the country and so the government make sure giraffes and other animals have the space they need and employ enough park rangers to protect them from hunters. This type of conservation plan, could work well in other African countries and if the worldwide community could agree that giraffes are in danger of becoming extinct, money would be spent to protect them and their habitats.
What can I do?
Learn about giraffes and then tell everyone all about them! In this way, more and more people will want to help them. You could join an organisation such as the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) who work to protect wildlife or make a choice to support your local wildlife by visiting a nature reserve or even make your garden a nice, safe place for insects and birds!
By Deborah L. Caine (Whyzz writer)