IUCN Classification Brings Awareness to Wild Giraffe Plight to Prevent Extinction
IUCN’s red list of threatened species moved giraffe from least concern to vulnerable at their December meeting in Cancun, MX amid scientists and activists cry that there has been a 40 percent decline in the specifies since 1985.
“For years, we have been talking with scientists about how wild giraffe populations were shrinking. In May, we celebrated Texas Giraffe Day to raise awareness of the wild giraffe plight; to do our part in making sure that everyone knew what was happening with these amazing creatures,” said Tiffany Soecthing, animal specialist at NBWR. “The new IUCN classification is a gigantic step in recognizing the giraffe’s plight, so things can begin to change, and we can preserve these gentle giants for future generations.”
The vulnerable classification listed growing human population having a negative impact on many giraffe subpopulations, as well as illegal hunting, habitat loss and changes through expanding agriculture and mining, human-wildlife conflict and civil unrest. A resolution adopted at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in September called for action to reverse the decline of the giraffe.
Last of the Longnecks, a film that began from the inspiration of the birth of the twin giraffes at NBWR in 2013, highlights the researchers who have been behind the scenes documenting the giraffe plight.