Giraffes on the verge of extinction.
Just a week after the Last male Northern Rhino Sudan died, another news has come that Giraffe, the world’s tallest animal is now at risk of extinction.
According to a report filed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), there has been a 40% drop in the global population of giraffes in the last three decades and sadly, we are to blame for it.
Habitat loss, civil unrest, ecological changes and of course, poaching are all reportedly the reasons why endangered species like giraffes are nearing extinction.
Recreational killing, also known as trophy hunting, majorly contributes to their decline. Some kill them for its tail, others for meat. The illegal trade in giraffe marrow, touted to cure AIDS, is also one of the causes.
In 1985, the report suggests that there were between 151,000 and 163,000 giraffes. But in 2015, the numbers plunged to 97,562. By 2016, the scientists shifted the conservation status of giraffes from species of ‘least concern’ to ‘vulnerable.’
Not just giraffes rhinos population too has decreased from around 20,000 to only 400 between 1970 to 1990 in Kenya.
Before that, we even learnt about Sparrows, who are nearing extinction with a 50% decline in their population since 2012.