Giraffe numbers have fallen by nearly half in just 20 years, with this majestic giant already extinct in some countries.
The number of giraffes left in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Twenty years ago, there were 350.
A Silent Extinction
Despite being one of the most recognizable creatures on Earth, few people are aware of the giraffes’ predicament. They’re quietly disappearing in what experts call a “silent extinction.” Giraffe populations are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, as well as hunting and poaching.
Percentage of the giraffe population lost in the last 20 years.
In some rural African communities, bushmeat (wild game) is an important source of protein, and surplus meat is sold for income. Some communities believe that consuming giraffe brain and bone marrow will cure HIV/AIDS. This myth has accelerated the illegal hunting of this slow-to-reproduce animal. Setting foot or neck snares in giraffe habitat is an inexpensive way to kill them so their parts can be sold for profit.
Together, we can
turn things around.™
turn things around.™
The Swahili word for giraffe.
A Global Community
While it can be difficult to enforce anti-poaching laws (where they exist at all), it is also a challenge to change deep-rooted cultural beliefs about wildlife. But change is possible. When local people can provide more easily for their families, giraffe futures become brighter. Community conservation programs provide new jobs and opportunities for income, and help shift attitudes toward animals from "nuisance" to "part of the family."
The number of giraffes killed every day. That’s one every few hours.
Your gift to the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy sponsors local conservation efforts to affect change in communities that live alongside giraffes. This includes the rehabilitation, hand-raising, and release of orphaned or injured animals. Once they’re back in the wild, we watch over them with anti-poaching patrols and aerial surveillance. Join us.
What You Can Do, Right Now
Give $30 today and provide a week of anti-poaching and snare removal patrols.