Rapid loss of giraffe – No More Than 80,000 Giraffe Left in Africa

Only about 400 individuals remain of the West African Giraffe, which is solely found in Niger.
The overall giraffe population in Africa has fallen by 40 percent in the past decade in a half and, at 80,000 individuals, is currently one-fifth the size of the African elephant population.

“Giraffes are one of Africa’s most beloved animals and always seem to be a part of the traditional African backdrop,” says Dr. Philip Muruthi, African Wildlife Foundation’s (AWF’s) senior director of conservation science.

“The West African giraffe lives only in Niger, mainly on community lands and farms. This coexistence with humans has led to reduced and degraded habitat for giraffe, as well as incidents of human–giraffe conflict,” says Theo Way Nana, a conservation management trainee for African Wildlife Foundation who is currently engaged in the organization’s giraffe and elephant conservation work in Niger, Burkina Faso, and Benin. To that end, AWF has supported periodic giraffe censuses, engaged local communities to mitigate human–giraffe conflict, and worked with residents to restore giraffe habitat.

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Source: Nairobi, Kenya, African Wildlife Foundation; Photo by John Butler


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  1. Jesse H

    October 4, 2014

    Everything is slowly coming to an end.

  2. Robin Puddicombe

    October 4, 2014

    Poor Giraffe! i know another reason they are disappearing and it has been covered up they were sold over the years to zoos and safari parks etc, every big city got lots of giraffes, unhappy giraffe`s the thousands an thousands of zoos all over the world are draining the jungles of wild animals and putting them in little cages!!!!! Makes me ill !!!!!!!!

  3. Alicia Calimlim

    October 4, 2014

    Hi sister jen how are u…God bless u and be safe always.

  4. hali reyna

    October 4, 2014

    I,hope no more gets killed

  5. Saba Farhin

    October 5, 2014

    So nice…yes of course they are going to decrease by human beings. ..they should be saved…

  6. Fran Raftery

    October 5, 2014

    Pity the number is decreasing such a beautiful animal :(:(

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