Giraffes inspire curiosity and amazement. As one of the world’s most iconic species, giraffes drive ecotourism and conservation, benefiting wildlife beyond giraffes.
Giraffes live in harmony with other herbivores and serve a vital role in the local ecosystem. When plants and fruits pass through their digestive systems, they spread seeds and allow plants to germinate.
NASA scientists have researched the blood vessels of giraffe legs for ideas of how to create better space suits.
Because giraffes can spot predators, such as lions and hyenas, from far away, many animals use giraffes as their early warning system. When giraffes start running away, other animals run too.
Habitat loss, civil unrest, illegal poaching and hunting, and climate change collectively contribute to the decline in giraffe populations.
Climate change and habitat loss have also contributed to the decline of the acacia tree, the main source of food for giraffes.