The Silent Extinction of Giraffes

Population has declined at least 50% in the past 15 years

Might Giraffe HuntersMighty hunters congratulate themselves on overpowering the slow moving mammal with nothing more than a few dozen rifles and native guides


The Giraffe population of Africa has been reduced by about 50% in the past decade and a half, maybe more maybe less, but no matter how you do the math, it’s a lot of dead giraffes.
the cause is the inexorable march of habitat loss, along with mighty hunters. Some humans hunt giraffes for meat, some because it’s fun and not that hard, if you are indeed mighty, or simply have a few very expensive high powered rifles.

Hardly anyone is paying attention to this process. At some point, there will be a great gnashing of teeth, but nothing is going to save the world’s large mammals from the march of economics.

To follow the progress of the Sixth Great Extinction, visit CatMap’s Extinction Map or track progress at the Extinct and Invasive Species page.


*This is pretty much the only place giraffes live, outside of zoos.
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