Giraffes are one of the most iconic and awe-inspiring animals in the world. Yet, giraffes are undergoing what scientists are calling a “silent extinction.” In the last 30 years, giraffe populations have declined by an estimated 40 percent across Africa, according to the latest assessment by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In fact, just last year, the IUCN listed the species as “Vulnerable” on the Red List of Threatened Species.
That is why IFAW has teamed up with other wildlife conservation groups to petition the U.S. government to list the giraffe as Endangered on the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). Listing the species on the ESA will help giraffes in Africa by ending the U.S.’s outsized role as an importer of giraffe trophies, skins, and other giraffe parts. Did you know, the U.S. has been importing, on average, one giraffe trophy a day for the last 10 years? In addition, a listing on the ESA could result in much needed funds and attention directed to the plight of the giraffe, which now are less numerous than elephants.
Our petition, which was submitted today, will be reviewed by the USFWS for merit. After the short review period, the USFWS will open up a comment period where they solicit comments from the general public.
That is where you come in.
Join IFAW, the Center for Biological Diversity, Humane Society International, Humane Society of the United States and Natural Resources Defense Council in asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to act for giraffes by accepting our petition and listing them as Endangered under the ESA. We need your help to make sure USFWS knows that we care about giraffes and other wildlife species.
You can help by submitting your comments to show support for listing giraffes as “Endangered.” All we need is for you to fill out the form here, and we will submit this letter with your signature. Make your voice heard!