Already threatened by habitat destruction, the giraffe’s future is now even more precarious due to the growing markets for its meat, skins, and other body parts. In the last 30 years, giraffe populations have plummeted by 40 percent, and two subspecies were recently upgraded to critically endangered. The demand for expensive giraffe products is not exclusive to African markets. According to recent reports, nearly 40,000 giraffe parts and products were imported into the US between 2006 and 2015.
In response to this crisis, African Wildlife Foundation is collaborating with the Kenya Wildlife Service on an unprecedented Recovery and Action Plan to save the giraffe.