Silent Extinction - There Are Only 90,000 Giraffes Left In The Wild!

Silent Extinction - There Are Only 90,000 Giraffes Left In The Wild!

Posted by Connor Whelan on 23rd Jun 2016

Africa’s gentle giant the giraffe is facing a silent extinction event if change does not occur soon, according a new documentary featuring world renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

It is estimated that there are now only around 90,000 giraffes roaming the African plains, and this number is far fewer than that of even the endangered African elephant.

150 years ago giraffe numbers were around 2 million. This fell to around 1.4 million in the early millennium and there are now just 90,000 left in the wild.

The reasons that giraffe numbers are falling so rapidly is twofold:

Habitat Loss

Giraffes, like animals all around the world, are suffering from human expansion into their traditional habitats and this is putting increasing pressure on the population. As the giraffes are forced into smaller and smaller areas the competition for food and water becomes too much and many begin to die.

Poaching

Due to their large size giraffes are often targeted by poachers for their meat, and the African Wildlife Foundation says that they are “easily killed.” Giraffe poaching incidents are on the increase and this is a major part of the reason as to why the numbers are falling.

With the giraffe numbers dropping so rapidly, it is crucial that people come together to raise awareness of an issue that many do not realise is even happening.

It is not all doom and gloom however, as a protection programme for the giraffes in Niger, West Africa, has seen number quadruple since it was introduced in the 1990’s! The number has grown from a paltry 50 to a more sustainable 200 in the space of around 15 years.

This just goes to show that if giraffe conservation efforts can work, but unless people start making noise, this silent extinction will carry on until it is too late.


Share this Article...

Share this article with your friends and followers by using the social media buttons below.


Leave a Comment...

Wanting to add something to this story or just let us know your thoughts? Just leave your comments below. Please be aware that all comments will be moderated: abusive behaviour or self-promotion will not be allowed.

500 characters remaining

Has this blog inspired you to volunteer? If so, why not enquire today? Simply fill out an enquiry form, and allow a member of our travel team to assist with your query! Please note that blog comments are not monitored by the travel team, so any questions related to bookings may be missed.


Featured Videos


Experience The Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary

See what you could get up to as a volunteer at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary! This volunteer project offers you the chance to get up close and personal with some of the country's most iconic species.

Discover The Great White Shark Project

Come face to face with one of the world’s most misunderstood predators whilst aiding great white shark conservation. As a volunteer, not only will you get the incredible opportunity to dive with sharks, but you will also assist the team in raising awareness of the great white as you work alongside tourists and local school children to provide them with knowledge of the local environment and the importance of living in harmony with South Africa’s marine life.

Volunteers Review Their Experience at the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Sanctuary

Volunteers talk about their recent experience at the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Sanctuary in Borneo.

Latest Blog Arcticles


Achievements at the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Project in 2022

Achievements at the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Project in 2022

After 2 difficult years, we finally welcomed volunteers...

Merle’s Orangutan Experience at Samboja

Merle’s Orangutan Experience at Samboja

Merle shares her experiences from her time spent...

An Invasive Species: The Lionfish

An Invasive Species: The Lionfish

Many invasive species have made their way to all corners of...

Sun Bear Update From Samboja Lestari

Sun Bear Update From Samboja Lestari

After a lot of hard work by the June 2022 volunteer group,...

The Latest From The Great Orangutan Project!

The Latest From The Great Orangutan Project!

The Great Projects volunteer coordinator, Jess, is...

An Update from the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Project!

An Update from the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Project!

Samboja Lestari welcomed back volunteers this month, and...

Kathy & Drew's Great Gorilla Experience

Kathy & Drew's Great Gorilla Experience

Kathy and Drew joined The Great Gorilla Project in January...

Raja Ampat Diving Project - Magical Manta Ray Moments!

Raja Ampat Diving Project - Magical Manta Ray Moments!

Manta ray season is at its peak at the Raja Ampat Diving...


Where you can go
Contact Info
UK Office
The Great Traveller Ltd,
3 Dairy Yard
Star Street
Ware, Hertfordshire
SG12 7DX
United Kingdom

Opening hours:
   Mon-Fri 8:30am–5:30pm
   Sat 10am-4pm

T: +44(0) 208 885 4987