Giraffes At Risk Of Extinction

Posted: Dec 19 2016, 4:06am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Giraffes at Risk of Extinction
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  • Giraffes are Fast Disappearing from the Earth

Apparently, giraffes are a species that are fast disappearing from the face of the earth. Their population was in decline yet now they are up against prospects of extinction.

The tallest creature on earth, the giraffe, is in danger of going extinct. It has already faced a great decline in its population. Over 40% of the giraffes were lost in the last three decades or so.

The red list analysis say this. Over 700 bird species are already on this list. 13 of them are for all purposes extinct.

The red list also places certain plant species as mangoes and sunflowers in danger of extinction. Some species have come back from the brink of extinction though.

An example would be a Madagascan freshwater fish which had not been sighted since the 60s. Also the rehabilitation of the Seychelles white-eye bird was made possible thanks to the conservation drive.

The natural environment found on earth is in danger of an onslaught by man-made culture. Wilderness is being destroyed by mechanized farming, strip mining and rampant pollution.

Also animals are being hunted like there was no tomorrow. The wild creatures are to fall by 33% by the time 2020 comes along. This is when you compare their numbers in 1970.

The eastern gorilla and the whale shark are also facing extinction issues. However, the giant panda is being rehabilitated. The giraffe population had sunk from 157,000 to 97,000.

This took place in the last three decades. In Africa, the deforestation, farming and poaching not to mention civil wars had ravaged the giraffe population.

Some people have said that we ought to stick our neck out for the sake of the giraffes. Giraffes have not gotten the publicity that was their due after their numbers started to dwindle.

While African elephants were highlighted, giraffes were ignored. Yet now wildlife conservationists are taking them into consideration.

In seven countries, these giraffes have already become non-existent. There are several other species of plants and animals that need succor. Yet the giraffe is one that must be seen to if we are to keep this beautiful and gentle creature in our midst.

As conscious animals, we human beings are meant to be stewards of Nature and represent the less conscious beasts that inhabit the earth. If they cannot voice their grievance, we can do it for them.

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