According to the latest assessment by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), giraffe populations have declined by an estimated 40% across Africa in the last 30 years.
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 outsized role of the U.S. as an importer of giraffe skins, leather, bones and other parts and products.
Our petition was submitted in 2017 and finally reviewed in April 2019 by US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), which gave our petition a positive finding. This means that they have begun the process to determine if giraffes deserve ESA protections. The process to list species has become slower and slower over the years. Unfortunately, giraffes don’t have the luxury of time.
The good news is that in 2022, USFWS agreed to finalize a decision by November 2024. But we still need YOUR help to make sure they list giraffes under the ESA.
Let USFWS know you support giraffe protections. All you need do is read the petition below, and if you agree, fill out the form below to submit. We will gather your signature and the signatures of other activists who are taking a stand for giraffes and submit them to USFWS.