Giraffes are in trouble and, according to a recent story from Scientific American, the plight of these magnificent creatures has fallen under the radar.
A recent report from Giraffe Conservation Foundation estimates that there are 80,000 of these animals in Africa, a massive drop from the 140,000 that existed 15 years ago. Scientific American asks how this kind of population decrease can go largely unnoticed. The answers are varied. The article points out that GCF didn’t hire its first full-time employee until this year. Simply put, the conservation efforts for giraffes are much smaller than those for some other animals.
Adding to that, the article also notes giraffes are high-profile animals, so people might assume that more exist. However, there is an instance in Niger where giraffes were protected and that country’s West African giraffe population has grown since conservation efforts began.