According to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation the giraffe population in Africa has dropped from 140,000 to 80,0000 in just 15 years. The decline is due to habitat loss, excessive hunting and poaching. Per the article:
....Unfortunately for giraffes, their skin can be used to make several clothing items, and countries such as Tanzania have come to believe eating parts of the animal can cure HIV-AIDS. Hunters, for their part, can earn money from the animal's meat without a great deal of effort....Groups such as Giraffe Conservation Foundation hope that by sounding the alarm about the plight of the gentle giants, African nations might take a harder look at stricter conservation measures....
Thank you - this is important information we need to start thinking of saving this animal.