Giraffe joins the elephant, orangutan, and bees on a shameful human-made list
Sorry kids, but that lovable knock-kneed doofus we call giraffes may soon be no more. Today the International Union for Conversation of Nature classified the crane-necked creature as “vulnerable” meaning it’s at a high risk for extinction. If humans don’t change their behavior, the only giraffe we’ll ever see is between the covers of a book (yeah, they’re almost extinct too).
The giraffe joins the elephant, orangutan, bees, and coral as creatures that may soon face extinction. Their disappearance comes amidst the loss of habitat, varying degrees of devastating climate change, and illegal poaching.
The director of Stanford University’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve told CNN we have at most 20 years to change the way we treat nature, or we will bring about the sixth mass extinction event in the entire history of planet earth. And we need not think of that only as “scary”, but as an embarrassment. We’re the civilization that will go down in history as the selfish, greedy dweebs who killed off all the animals.
What we can do to save the giraffes
But there are things you can still do to help. Firstly, reduce your carbon footprint. Turn off lights, computers, TV’s and gaming systems when you are not using them. Unplug electronic gadgets (don’t just turn them off). Turn the thermostat up (or down). Use your bike if possible. Recycle everything you can. Drink tap water, not bottled water, from a reusable bottle (and roll your eyes while saying “tsk, tsk” when you see others doing otherwise). Read books on ecology and outdoors. Maybe even choose a “green career” to help solve climate change problems. But most importantly – drive your parents crazy with panicked climate change end-of-the-world talk so they think they’re psychologically damaging you for life if they don’t start conserving energy and pushing for *real* change to human behavior.
In-Article Image CreditsWest African Giraffe peeks under an tree via Wikimedia Commons by Roland H. with usage type - Creative Commons License. 2006
Fighting giraffes (necking) via Wikimedia Commons by Luca Galuzzi with usage type - Creative Commons License. July 6, 2004
Adult male Reticulated giraffe feeding high up on an acacia, in Samburu Park, Kenya via Wikimedia Commons by Steve Garvie with usage type - Creative Commons License. July 8, 2010
Giraffe head closeup (profile) via Wikimedia Commons by Stefan Krause with usage type - Creative Commons License. May 10, 2011
Featured Image CreditWest African Giraffe peeks under an tree via Wikimedia Commons by Roland H. with usage type - Creative Commons License. 2006