Are giraffes dangerous to humans, it’s a question that comes to mind isn’t it? When you visit a zoo and through those binoculars you see them from a distance. …
You admire their small herd. A group rather, consisting of two or three fully grown giraffes and a fawn.
There they are. Tall, elegant and beautiful creatures.
Apart from having a long neck, a giraffe also has a long tongue too. The tongue is about 40 centimeters and it is useful in reaching to leaves which are further up in the trees.
Giraffes are found in Chad in the north to South Africa in the south, and from Niger in the west to Somalia in the east. They occupy these areas because of their savanna grassland and open woodlands which poses great advantaged of space for movement as well as the presence of acacia trees.
Their unique and beautiful skin pattern has inspired a number of African art as well as cartoons. This is evidenced by the paintings and the pre-school alphabet chanting “G Gg for Giraffe”
A giraffe has a lifespan which can stretch to up to 28 years old game reserves and 25 years in the open and its gestation period is 15 months. Despite that they can deliberately deliver a front or back kick to its enemies and also that they are active both during the day and during the night, giraffes presents no harm to human beings
After all they are herbivores; you probably fall in love with them, feeding on young shoots and leaves especially of the acacia. And they are almost completely voiceless.
A giraffe can run at up to 50kilometers per hour and in order to drink an graze it has to straddle its front legs because they are longer than the hind legs.
Giraffes, according to GIRAFFE WORLD 2020, are harmless creatures. They are the tallest of living animals sometimes reaching a height of more than five meters.
They are peace loving animals the exception of one recorded incident in 2016 whereby a journalist was kicked by a giraffe. As a way to prevent such incidents to occur again, tour guides often instruct the visitors of their national parks and zoos to stay away from the legs of a giraffe because it can kick them.
However, it should be noted that the reverse may be more accurate. Humans are dangerous to giraffes. This is according to the New Caxton Encyclopedia. The source highlights how humans in the late 1990s and early 200s hunted giraffes in the open savanna Africa for their hides.
Giraffes were formerly numerous and once lived in large numbers. Bigger herds of about 18-25 per group.
Their numbers have soon dwindled and their herds became much smaller due to the chases and cruelties inflicted upon them by poachers.
This is also evidenced by their scarcity and how in some areas and regions they have been completely exterminated.
Giraffes are among the list of the world’s endangered species. They cannot swim and mostly they cannot outrun their predators.
As a result, giraffes today and other animals are protected by the law. They are also protected by animal rights activists.
Apart from them being killed by human beings for hides, one can also say that giraffes are also being put in danger by human beings through deforestation. This destroys the habitat of the animal as well as its food.
Trees are being cut down for firewood, medicine and construction purposes. This leaves the animal exposed and hungry. On that note, agencies like Environmental Management Agency (EMA) in Zimbabwe are trying to put these animals from harms way.