The Giraffe Species is in Danger of Going Extinct

Taylor B., News Reporter

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In 1985, there were nearly 150,000 giraffes in the entire world. Today, there is only about 100,000. The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service says that “The giraffe is facing increasing threats from habitat loss, illegal hunting for bushmeat, and an internal trade in trophies and bone carvings.” One of the main reasons that giraffes are going extinct is being killed for their bones. They are very easy to carve. The group wants to help the giraffes, and promises that even if they can’t stop people from hunting giraffes, they can at least stop them from bringing bone carvings to America.

 

Extinction is becoming a serious problem. While wildlife groups are trying to protect every endangered species, it costs too much and the list of endangered species is too long. In fact, it has nearly 41,415 animals and plants on the list, and 16,306 of them are endangered and close to extinction. Scientists have predicted that 99 out of 100 species go extinct from humans. This is why giraffes are going extinct: from us.

 

          As of now, giraffes would be ranked under threatened, but as the numbers continue to rapidly drop, they will soon be endangered. Wildlife foundations have been trying to stop illegal hunting by not letting people bring bone carvings back to America. Another way they’ve been trying to help giraffes by trying to spread word about the extinction, and making people want people to try and help them. They recently signed a petition to let the giraffes be on the endangered list. This way if they do end up on the list, it will bring attention to some people.

 

One way that you can help giraffes is by signing the petition online. You can also donate money to wildlife foundations such as The U.S Fish and Wildlife service. We can save another species from going extinct and then move on to every other threatened species. Though it may take a very long time, popular wildlife services feel that it can happen someday if we all do our part and help out.

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