The continent of Africa still retains a population of large animals. Working with those animals will become increasingly important.
They all need to be integrated into agricultural modalities on every continent. That has usually meant promoting one subspecies against clear competitors. Thus we see an obvious future for moose, caribou and red deer. The rest is not so sure.
Africa has the big ones and all that requires formal shepherding to work properly and all that demands successful mind to mind communication as has already been demonstrated. We now also understand mob grazing as well. all this makes the prospect quite enticing with a substantial increase in direct output as we have already discovered elsewhere.
A tall drink of water
And conservation is an increasing concern. Since 1985, some giraffe populations have decreased by as much as 40 percent, with fewer than 100,000 in existence today. The most stable populations reside in protected national parks and reserves, but seven West African countries have lost all of their wild giraffes. Are conservation efforts in proportion to the challenges giraffes face? Let’s stick our necks out.
16-20: Hours a day a giraffe must eat in order to support its large body
50%: Share of giraffes that survive their first six months of life in the wild
35 miles per hour (56 km per hour): Top speed for a running giraffe
10-15 years: Typical lifespan in the wild
9: Known subspecies
While poachers, who have reportedly used the social media accounts of tourists to track wildlife, remain a threat to giraffes, habitat destruction is another serious challenge. Huge swaths of natural giraffe habitat have been used for agriculture and development. These losses have been exacerbated by lengthy droughts, leading desperate giraffes to graze on farmers’ crops, making them pests to communities. As more natural and man-made barriers narrow the paths of traveling giraffes, their choice of mates has been limited as well.
1600: The modern English version form of the word “giraffe” appears, derived from the French “girafe.”
1786: The first scientific paper on giraffes is published.
1826: The French king receives a giraffe as a diplomatic gift from Egypt, inspiring fashion trends.
1950s: Dr. G. Raffe becomes the mascot of Toys “R” Us, later to become Geoffrey the Giraffe.
2016: The giraffe genome is sequenced.
2017: Rare white giraffes are spotted in Kenya.