The tallest mammal in the world, the giraffe, is at risk of human extinction. Let's honor her on her day to become aware and stop abuse.
The giraffe is a species of artiodactyl mammal of the Giraffidae family typical of Africa. Is the highest species of all that exist. Their height can reach 5.8 meters with a weight of between 750 and 1600 kg, and they live for about twenty years. Long legs allow you to reach speeds of up to 50 km / h per hour over short distances and walk for long distances at a speed of 15 km / h.
In general, it is characterized by inhabiting savannas, grasslands and open forests. For food, opt for acacia leaves, located at heights virtually unattainable by other herbivores. His stamping of Brown spots It depends on the specific region where each of the existing subspecies inhabits and, in turn, offers it some protection since it allows it to camouflage itself with the African environment to confuse predators.
Furthermore, giraffes are considered to be of gentle character. When they are adults, they do not usually have strong social ties, but they do group in open and loose herds. The males, on the other hand, are in charge of establishing a social hierarchy through duels known as necking, a combat in which they use the neck as a weapon.
On the brink of disappearance
Despite being an iconic animal and loved by many people, today many scientists declare it in danger of extinction. This is because hunters consider them an exotic trophy, so that fewer and fewer of this beautiful species are found. By hunting and the disappearance of habitats, in 30 years we lost 40% of the giraffes, and many other wild animals suffer the same or even worse luck.
It is that man destroys nature by not being aware of the very serious consequences that his actions can have. For example, in the Congo, there are certain pre-nuptial practices that involve cut off a giraffe's tail and then deliver it as a dowry to the bride's family (to the father more specifically). And as if that were not enough, with the hairs of the tail they make lucky bracelets, scare away homemade flies and thread.
According to NatGeo, in the Garamba national park (located in the Congo) is where more giraffes are killed, to such an extent that today there would only be a population of 40 of these animals.
Although it is true that we love tigers, elephants, giraffes or lions, many times we do not quite understand that practices that seem to be common for us, are really very serious for nature.
To buy animal products (such as tusks, fur or medicine) resulting from illegal hunting, or attending animal entertainment shows (swimming with dolphins, riding elephants, taking selfies with chained tigers) do nothing but cause suffering and greatly increase the risk of disappearance of these as of many other species.
Wildlife is not entertainment
Reality shows that more and more wild animals are stolen from nature, either to trade products or entertain tourists, always with the same purpose: get an income.
As a consequence of these actions of man, animals not only suffer from the mistreatment, hunger and aggression that they must endure every day, but also from early separation from their mothers. Unfortunately, from a young age, they are taken out of their natural habitat and forced to amuse and entertain people with completely unnatural behaviors.
Call to action
If you are an animal lover, it is important that you become aware of your decisions. And if you don't love them, too! Because we all have the right to a decent life, to grow up in a family and to live in a context of love.
Now you know! Think very well before acting. Choose nature-friendly excursions and choose sustainable memories that do not compromise life of any animal. They may look pretty, but behind them, there is a history of cruelty.
If you want to know how to be a responsible tourist, know this guide.
Let's return animals to nature, where they belong. They will thank us for life.
By Jezebel Handel