Target: Jean-Marc Froment, Conservation Director and Garamba National Park Manager
Goal: Put patrols in place in areas people frequently encounter giraffes to protect the animals from illegal hunting.
Giraffes are quickly disappearing in the wild as a result of being illegally hunted by humans. If more is not done to protect them, these beautiful animals may soon cease to exist. Encourage officials to implement patrols in national parks to better protect giraffes and help save them from extinction.
While giraffes are adversely effected by several things, including habitat loss, they are also in trouble because they are often hunted by poachers. Although scientists hypothesize that there are only two sub-species of giraffes that may soon be extinct, some people think that the seven other sub-species will meet the same fate in the near future. In reference, 15 years ago there were 140,000 giraffes. Unfortunately, there are now only around 80,000 left.
Implementing protective policies has greatly helped to increase the number of giraffes in Niger, and doing similar things elsewhere will also likely help to strengthen their numbers. One idea that park rangers have at Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is to patrol areas where giraffes and people frequently meet in an effort to crack down on poaching.
Sign this petition and encourage officials to implement such patrols in order to help ensure that giraffes will be able to continue roaming the earth for years to come. If nothing is done, one day these animals will not be around to protect.
Dear Mr. Froment,
Giraffes are often illegally hunted by humans, making them in great danger of becoming extinct. More needs to be done to protect them in order to keep this from happening.
Even though giraffes are in danger because of things like habitat loss, they are in just as much danger as a result of being illegally hunted by humans. While scientists currently feel that only two out of the nine sub-species may soon disappear, it is quite possible that many more sub-species will meet the same fate.
Although giraffes are currently followed on motor bikes in order to better ensure that they remain safe, more still needs to be done to try to help these animals. By implementing patrols in areas where giraffes and people frequently encounter one another, Niger was able to increase their numbers in the last couple of decades from around 50 to about 200 animals. If this were to be done at the Garamba National Park, it is likely that many more giraffes would be protected from harm’s way.
For all of these reasons, I encourage you to set patrols in place where giraffes and people frequently come into contact. If more is not done to try and help them now, they will likely not be around to protect later.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Dan Lundberg