Humans and Giraffe
Humans and Giraffes Index
- Giraffe Research
Most research on giraffes is related to two subjects, their evolution, and their long neck. New genetic research made in 2016 led to an entirely new taxonomic classification which defined four species instead of one, five subspecies and two ecotypes.
- Giraffes and Humans
Humans have been in contact with giraffes for centuries, since the Egyptian civilization to the Roman Empire, were considered exotic gifts to lure foreign diplomats. However, giraffes have not gotten the best retribution from humans in return.
- Giraffes in Captivity
Giraffes are present in most zoos around the world, but such large animals are not easy to keep and care in captivity. While some of these facilities reproduce their habitat and recreate their feeding habits, they are animals to roam free in the open savannas.
- Giraffes in Culture
Since we are toddlers, we are in contact with books, documentaries and even toys about giraffes. They represent beauty, elegance, and nobility in the animal kingdom; characteristics expressed in any cultural representation.
- Giraffe Conservation
Some giraffe subspecies are very close to extinction. There are only 400 specimens of West African giraffe left in the wild, around 650 Nubian and 600 Thornicroft’s, but some others also have decreasing population tendencies.