In A Sad Day for Wildlife, Poachers Have Killed Two Rare White Giraffes Leaving Only 1 In the World
8Poaching is effectively a curse to wildlife around the world
Poaching is one of the biggest problems that several wildlife sanctuaries and reserves are facing today. Giraffes are now on the vulnerable list of endangered animals. The conservancy where the white giraffes were killed includes a huge unfenced area because there are also villages inhabiting it. Poaching has effectively reduced 40% of the giraffe population in the last 30 years where the animals are hunted for their skin, meat and bones for traditional medicine.
In 2016 it was reported that the population of Giraffes have gone from 155,000 in 1985 to 97,000 in 2015 as per reports of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, (IUCN). Another type of problem reducing the population of animals are canned hunts or legal hunting and what thrill do such people get in killing animals, one will never know.
9New regulation for Giraffes was proposed in 2019
In 2019 August, Giraffes came under new regulation that would see them receiving enhanced protection from unregulated trade. The trade-in Giraffe and body parts came under the Convention In International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites). The move was supported by several countries especially Central African Republic, Chad, Kenya Mali, Niger and Senegal where giraffe populations are facing silent extinction.
10Giraffes are hunted repeatedly for their body parts
Giraffes are widely targeted by poachers for bushmeat, and their body parts are used for jewellery, purses and bracelets. The move was opposed by many South African countries including South Africa and Botswana who felt that there was no evidence to support that international trade in giraffes was reducing the population. Perhaps the latest killing of the white giraffes will make them eat their words. Watch the video of the white giraffes as you won’t be seeing them again.