Save Giraffes from Extinction


Target: Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete

Goal: Protect giraffes from poaching, overhunting and loss of habitat

Africa’s giraffes are silently disappearing and few countries have policies in place to help slow their quiet extinction. According to estimates from the Giraffe Conservation Research group, there are now only 80,000 giraffes in Africa, compared to 140,000 in 1999. This steady decline has continued largely out of the public eye, minimizing the pressure put on African governments to implement protective policies. It’s time to end that silence and bring this decline into view before it’s too late.

The main media focus has been directed at the equally worthy causes of protecting rhinoceroses and elephants, but has managed largely to overlook the decimation of giraffe populations. Due to habitat loss, overhunting and poaching, the future of giraffes is looking increasingly bleak. The animals are killed for their thick skin and meat—mistakenly believed in certain parts of the world to cure AIDS—and left homeless from habitat encroachment by humans.

In fact, there are fewer giraffes in the world than elephants—which is not to say that elephants do not deserve continued and intense conservation efforts. There are currently around 450,000 African elephants and only 80,000 giraffes. The entire species is listed as one of “least concern” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List (IUCN), though two subspecies are listed as “endangered.” The IUCN Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group is collecting data in an effort to reclassify many giraffe subspecies and garner support for their conservation, but gathering that kind of information is no small task and can take time—time giraffe populations cannot afford.

In the meantime, African countries need to take it upon themselves to ensure the species’ survival by implementing policies to protect these threatened animals. Niger has already proven just how effective these policies can be, raising its giraffe populations from around 50 in the mid-1990s to a steadily increasing 400 in 2014. While all African countries with giraffe populations need to begin to protect them, Tanzania has seen some of the worst poaching and hunting in the continent and its giraffe population is falling fast. Without protection, these iconic giants are in real danger of extinction.

Sign this petition to urge the Tanzanian government to implement policies to protect this threatened species.


Dear President Kikwete,

Giraffe populations are in rapid decline across Africa, and without protections, they face the very real possibility of extinction. Habitat loss, overhunting and rampant poaching all greatly threaten this iconic species, and without protective policies this will remain the case until they no longer roam the great African plains at all.

Policies in Niger to protect giraffe populations have proven wildly successful, with eight times as many giraffes in the country in 2014 as there were two decades earlier. It is time for Tanzania to act to save this important species from extinction.

I urge you to implement policies to protect the Tanzanian giraffe immediately.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Tony Hisgett via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. it is discuting, what it is going on

  2. This is absolutely disgusting! Poor innocent peaceful animal shot down for what????

  3. Lori Murdock says:

    Hunting should be banned and those that enjoy it re educated.

  4. Vanessa Baptist says:

    She’s a pathetic excuse of a human being. She obviously doesn’t value life and the beauty of nature, the rarity of some animal species and the fact that she’s contributing to the eventual extinction of wildlife. A backwater, uneducated, waste of oxygen, never should have been born biaatch! Karma will take care of her

  5. I hope this “macho” woman is feeling the shame and remorse for taking part in the slaughter of an animal.
    What exactly is the idea of doing this?
    Where isn’t going to end?

    • They will regret and fill the guilt in their heart for being part of it. I won’t forgive for what they have done to all those poor, innocent species that are suffering of death and despair because of us.

  6. The killing of a giraffe (state symbol of Tanzania) is still in the law-books of Tanzania punishable by a death sentence, though not enforced. Since we do stand firm against any form of a death penalty in any country and do not believe in any prison-system, which usually only educates criminals to become more crooked, we suggest livelong servitude – for the benefit of nature and communities – to be imposed on any convicted poacher of near-extinct species, including the magnificent giraffes of Tanzania.

  7. iva gonzales says:

    It’s no wonder that our Lord Jesus Christ and our God is upset with us . People are killing animals that can not protect themselves against us.

  8. If she goes on longer I will hunt her myself !!!!!

  9. Melody Whitworth says:

    Greed and selfishness is all I see here. A defenseless animal, one who this very women probably paid for her kids to see at a zoo is brutally murdered for no reason at all other than to say “I did it” Someone is getting rich of this and it has to stop.

  10. What a sick and ugly soul this woman has! Such a beautiful magical creature slain for no other purpose than to give her pleasure. It is criminal. So very sad. To take the life of this wonderful animal……’s truly heartbreaking. What kind of a person does this?!! What kind of woman does this?!!!

  11. LEAVE THEM ALONE YOU EVIL HUNTERS!!!! One day generations will view these beautiful creatures ONLY from a book ! Live and let live!!!!

  12. I had a dream about the dlautred giraffs somewhere they have 100 captive call the kenya government to dtop acting evil thos is evil these animals are gods creatures stiffer laws to help them the extortion of beautuful animals of africa what about barcakobama hisfather is from africa wwhy doesnt he step up to help them someone speak up

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