Farewell to the giraffe?

From The Week

Giraffes may not be around for much longer, warns The Times. There have been high-profile campaigns to protect the African elephant, but the decline of giraffes has gone unnoticed. New research shows numbers have fallen 40% in 15 years – from 140,000 to 80,000 (the elephant population is 450,000) and that the West African sub-species is the most endangered large mammal on the continent. The decline is attributed to poachers who – with hideous irony – sell many giraffes as provisions for the elephant poachers in Democratic Republic of Congo (giraffe meat is very flavourful). Others go to Tanzania, where giraffe bone marrow and brain are believed to cure Aids. “There are nine different races,” says zoologist Dr Anne Dagg, “and some could become extinct.”


About starrywazzoh

I'm a birder in Western Europe (UK, France & Spain) and Central Asia, with occasional visits elsewhere. Birding is my principal hobby and I dedicate as much time around work and other commitments.
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