WILDLIFE IN CAPTIVITY
es on our planet, being the tallest land animal. Giraffes are now under major threat in the wild due to various reasons listed below.
Across Africa, there were an estimated 155,000 giraffes in the 1980s. There are now only around 111,000 left. This is a massive drop by almost 30% in less than 40 years.
Few people know that there are actually 4 different species of giraffe and five subspecies. Some subspecies are actually now considered as critically endangered. The West African giraffe subspecies has fewer than 600 individuals remaining in the wild.
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To find out in more detail about these threats go the GCF's page on 'What are the main threats to giraffe?'
WHAT CAN WE DO?
If travelling to Africa doesn't appeal or isn't a realistic option for you then many places around the world keep giraffes in captivity. This is a very important point; wild animals aren't built to be kept in cages. If you really want to see a giraffe in captivity then our advice would be that with that desire to see one, you also have the desire to learn more about how we can protect them in the wild. If you want to visit a giraffe in captivity then we recommend to do your research beforehand and choose somewhere that is supporting giraffe conservation with its profits. You can learn more about our advice on visiting wild animals in captivity here.
Every animal has an important function in the wild and this is where they really belong. Animals being interesting and appealing to look at is really an added bonus to what they're doing to maintain a healthy ecosystem which supports all wildlife as well as humanity.
zoos and safari parks have giraffes around the world. Here at A Green Solution we don't endorse all zoos and safari parks however if you want t visit them then we suggest opting for places where the animals appear in a healthy state (are well fed and not showing signs of stress etc.). We also recommend doing some research prior to going and see what conservation organisations they support. It's best to avoid places which don't appear to be supporting any wildlife conservation programs. A better zoo or safari park will be driving the message of wildlife decline and offer ways in which we can help, as well as ways in which they are helping to prevent the decline of species in the wild.
TOP TIP: The essential part of whether or not visiting a zoo or safari park will help create a better future for wildlife is very dependent on if they are contributing profits to conservation organisations. For many zoos and safari parks around the world this isn't the case. Therefore, our advice would be to completely avoid those who aren't spreading the message and raising funding for conservation.
We feel it's important to know about breeding programs which many zoos and safari parks around the world are a part of. What this means is animals are bred with animals from other zoos in order to avoid inbreeding and maintain a healthy population of the species. This means that animals don't need to be taken from the wild to keep in captivity and it also keeps many species alive which may well be endangered or even extinct in the wild. The problem is that in most cases, animals which are kept in captivity would not survive in the wild. This is because they don't have the skills necessary to survive in the wild.
Our founder, Chad Killoran, had this to say on ...
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Spread the word about this page and what you've learnt about the challenges facing giraffes, awareness is the first step to solving any problem!
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