Giraffes are the world's tallest land mammals, widespread across southern and eastern Africa. These tall, yellow speckled creatures often travel in groups, eating fruits, plants, and trees that most other animals are not tall enough to reach.
However, giraffes are in serious decline. Their numbers have dropped by 40% over the past 30 years. Human activity including deforestation, agriculture, violence, and industry has destroyed giraffe habitat, and poaching has been on the rise. Over the past decade alone, the U.S. imported over 39,000 giraffe parts, the equivalent of over 3,700 giraffes.
Fun fact: Male giraffes use their necks as weapons in combat, a behavior known as "necking".
Wild Nature Institute:
The Wild Nature Institute is a wildlife conservation science, education, and advocacy organization devoted to the preservation of wild giraffes. WNI studies wild giraffes in Tanzania using each animal’s unique fur pattern as identification. They monitor more than 2,100 individual giraffes throughout their lifetimes to document births, deaths, and movements in the biggest giraffe study in the world. They also promote grassroots giraffe conservation through giraffe-themed conservation education and children's books, and support community conservation and anti-poaching activities to keep giraffes safe.