Environmentalists, pioneers of animal rights and conservationists, and animal lovers will be delighted to hear that the giraffes are back in big numbers in the West African of Niger, after decades of falling populations due to poaching and loss of habitat.
The Deutsche Well has reported on Sunday that a rare species of West African giraffes have been seen in the Koure reservation, the only place where giraffes can be found in this drought-infested impoverished nation.
The place is located about 37 miles (60 kilometers) east of Niamey, the capital of Niger.
Only about 50 were left 20 years ago after a massive slaughter by poachers and meat hunters, as well as desertification in the area and the expansion of farmland reduced their numbers, and left these animals on the brink of extinction, the Berlin-based online outlet said.
“We are still awaiting the final results but there could be as many as 450 giraffes now,” giraffe researcher Julian Fennessy, one of the founders and the director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation based in Namibia, was quoted as saying.
“It is incredible that the population has grown so much,” he said. “I hope that the numbers continue to increase and that giraffes will soon move back into areas where they have not lived for decades.”
Photo: Un African giraffe in Niger (West Africa). credit: DW/Getty Images