While most species of giraffes are not endangered, some species such as the West African And/or Nigerian Giraffe are endangered due to the fact that human poachers often hunt them for their skins, meat, fur and tails. Unfortunately these creature’s tails are often made into good luck bracelets.
Other reasons for certain species of giraffes becoming endangered include loss of habitat, slow rate of breeding, and increasing change in climate. Drought and flooding are two examples among these changes in climate affecting these endangered species of giraffes. Giraffes are widespread throughout Africa and their population totals more than 100,000. Sadly, there are now less than 200 West African Giraffes in existence today, and fewer than 2,500 Ugandan Giraffes.