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, in 2016, 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 would funnel much needed funds and attention to the plight of the giraffe, which now are less numerous than elephants.
Our petition, which was submitted in 2017, 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 and other like-minded wildlife groups 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 know that we care about giraffes and other wildlife species.
All you have to do is read the petition on the right, and if you agree, sign your name in the box and click submit. We will gather your signature and the signatures of other activists who are taking a stand for giraffes and submit them to USFWS when they open the comment period.