Giraffes have now been classified as critically endangered in Kenya – and we’re absolutely heartbroken.
Bloomberg reported that according to Kenya Wildlife Service, the country has lost almost half of its population of the gentle giants in the past 30 years – with just over six hundred Rothschild’s giraffes remaining.
In the official report the humble giraffe has been moved from the list of ‘Least Concern’ to ‘Vulnerable’ in their threatened species list, while two subspecies – the Kordofan and the the Nubian – are now categorised as ‘critically endangered’ – the decline in numbers of the animals is believed to be due to poaching (giraffes are particularly sought after for their meat and tails), habitat loss and diseases die to changing climate.
If the number of giraffes falls past the point of ‘critically endangered’ by nature they’ll be declared as ‘extinct in the wild’ first before being declared completely ‘extinct’.
So what’s being done to combat it?
The government in Kenya has decided to launch a land-use programme to secure and moreover protect the homes of the endangered giraffes.
We just hope help comes thick and fast, because we couldn’t bear to say goodbye to these beauties…