We can't lose one of the most extraordinary animals on the planet. In just 30 years, the giraffe population has plummeted by 40%, and fewer than 100,000 remain in isolated, fragmented groups across Africa, in part to fuel global demand for giraffe products.
The U.S. is a major contributor to the decline of this species as a significant importer of giraffe parts and trophies. The Trump administration can help stop giraffe decline by protecting them under the Endangered Species Act — but they've refused, so NRDC and our partners are fighting in federal court to force them to act.
Inaction is a death sentence for this majestic species.
Demand that the Trump administration immediately list giraffes under the Endangered Species Act, before it's too late.
Subject line: Save giraffes from a silent extinction
Dear President Trump, Secretary Zinke, and Deputy Director Kurth:
I am deeply concerned that giraffes are facing a "silent extinction" and are in dire need of protection. Their population has plummeted by an alarming 40% over the past 30 years -- and the U.S. is a major contributor to this decline as a significant importer of giraffe parts and trophies.
The United States' current approach is failing to protect giraffes. I urge you to take immediate action to fix this by listing giraffes under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Protecting giraffes under the ESA would help bring these majestic animals back from the brink of extinction by better regulating imports and exports of giraffe trophies and products in the United States, limiting the interstate trade in giraffe parts, generating potential funding for scientific research and conservation, and sounding the alarm on the dire threats facing the species.
Please act now to help save giraffes by listing them under the Endangered Species Act.