The Congolese giraffe has been hunted to the brink of extinction because of its high price
A giraffe can produce up to 270 kilograms of meat, enough to feed an army of poachers for weeks
Just 34 adult giraffes survive split between two herds, with four young calves between them
Noëlle Kümpel of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, said: “Giraffes – like elephants, rhinos, and the like –have been picked off by poachers to feed the illegal wildlife trade and impoverished local people.
At the same time, their habitat has been severely and, in many areas, irreparably degraded, leaving very few trees left to sustain even this small population of giraffe.”She said that the remaining giraffes – which live in two small herds – are forced to to travel “incredibly long distances” to find food.
The UK based Charity Spots and Stripes, are in contact with both African Parks and The Giraffe Foundation with the intention of assisting.
A spokeswoman said: “t is heartbreaking that this has not gained the media attention it so deserves. To have a population of only 38 Giraffe’s remaining in the Congo is a disaster for both the species and for conservation.”