giraffes

Two-Day Old Giraffe Calf Euthanized at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Two-Day Old Giraffe Calf Euthanized at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park announced a “difficult loss” last week.  A newborn Masai giraffe had to be euthanized just two days after his birth.  “It is with heavy hearts that we report the passing of a 2-day-old male Masai giraffe calf born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park this week,” the park […]

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    Scientists Declare One of Largest Giraffe Subspecies Endangered

    Scientists Declare One of Largest Giraffe Subspecies Endangered

    Another subspecies of giraffe is now officially endangered, conservation scientists announced Thursday. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) concluded that Masai giraffes, which live primarily in Kenya and Tanzania, are endangered largely due to poaching and habitat loss.This was the first time the subspecies had been evaluated on its own, National Geographic reported. […]

    Green Groups Sue to Get Giraffes on Endangered Species List

    Green Groups Sue to Get Giraffes on Endangered Species List

    Four Animal welfare groups sued the Trump administration on Thursday for failing to protect Africa’s vulnerable giraffes, Reuters reported. The groups had petitioned Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to list giraffes under the Endangered Species Act in April 2017. The FWS is supposed to respond to such petitions […]

    Giraffe Parts Sold Across U.S. Despite Plummeting Wild Populations

    Giraffe Parts Sold Across U.S. Despite Plummeting Wild Populations

    Conservation groups say the United States is playing a role in the significant decline of wild giraffe populations by allowing their skin, bones and other body parts to be sold on the U.S. market. From 2006 to 2015, the U.S. imported approximately 40,000 giraffe parts and products, thought to represent nearly 4,000 individual giraffes, according […]

    Big Game Hunter Criticized for Posing With Dead Giraffe

    Big Game Hunter Criticized for Posing With Dead Giraffe

    Tess Thompson Talley of Kentucky has sparked public outcry after photos of her proudly posing with a black giraffe she killed in South Africa last year went viral. The big game hunter posted images of the June 2017 hunt onto her social media page. Then last month, the South Africa-based news outlet Africland tweeted out […]

    Conservationists Sound Alarm on Plummeting Giraffe Numbers

    Conservationists Sound Alarm on Plummeting Giraffe Numbers

    By Rina Herzl Picture an animal enrobed in a fiery, jigsaw-patterned coat. A creature of such majestic height that it towers amongst the trees. As your eyes make their way up its long neck that appears to defy gravity, you find crowned atop its head two Seussian, horn-like protrusions framing dark, curious eyes fanned by […]

    Rare White Giraffes Spotted in Kenya, Captured on Camera for First Time

    Rare White Giraffes Spotted in Kenya, Captured on Camera for First Time

    Two white reticulated giraffes, a mother and her calf, were captured on camera at the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservacy in Kenya. Their creamy coloring is due to a genetic condition called leucism, in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal’s skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticle, but not the eyes. The Hirola Conservation […]

    Earth’s Tallest Land Animal Needs Endangered Species Protection

    Earth’s Tallest Land Animal Needs Endangered Species Protection

    In response to recent scientific consensus on giraffes‘ vulnerability to extinction, five wildlife protection groups today petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect Earth’s tallest land animal under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The legal petition, filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, Humane Society International, The Humane Society of the United States, […]