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It is a great tragedy for life to slip into oblivion unheard — too emotive? A silent extinction. The phrase is used to describe the history of Giraffes. In the last 30 years the species population has fallen by close to half. Many find this somewhat surprising. You don’t really hear all that much about the plight of Giraffes, after all. Even the IUCN was clearly taken by surprise when, over the course of 6 years, they had to raise the Giraffes listing by 2 magnitudes — from ‘least concern’ to ‘vulnerable’, one step down from critical.
The problem is we simply don’t know enough about Giraffe. It’s why nothing is done. We could limit the amount of animals taken by trophy hunters; invest in breeding programs; expand wilderness reserves and so on. But the excuse for no action, to do nothing, is always the same — little evidence and hence no money. Particularly when other charismatic animals like elephants, lions and rhinos steal the show. They’re what people come too see and what they will spend money on. (In fact, a lot of research done on Giraffe is usually a byproduct of research done on these popular animals). Personally, I would advocate something along the lines of the ‘precautionary principle’ — it is better to act now on the little research we have before the choice to act is taken from us. Nothing crazy! But something slightly more than nothing before, dare I say it, they fall silent.
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