The resort in Nairobi, Kenya is known as one of the most Instagrammable properties in the world because it allows guests to get up close and personal with the world’s tallest animal, the giraffe. But Giraffe’s mannerisms aren’t just for thrills, he’s also a conservationist.
Environmentalist Cecilia Mueni said people don’t know giraffes are fighting for survival. She called it Quiet Extinction.
“So giraffes are basically threatened from all angles, including humans themselves, predators and climate change,” says Mueni.
Poachers hunt for bush meat and even tails, believing that it gives them power. Humans are also encroaching on giraffe habitat.
Exacerbating this extinction is the devastation caused by the Horn of Africa’s worst drought in 40 years. Giraffe Manor’s Mikey Carr Hartley said the numbers of Nubian giraffes have plummeted and are on the endangered species list.
“As you know, in many countries in Africa they have actually disappeared,” he told CBS News.
As a result, the money the resort makes goes into conservation funds, supporting breeding programs run by Giraffe Manor and the Kenyan government. Most of the giraffes born at the resort were released back into the wild, and his numbers have grown from just 76 in the 1980s to 1,200 today.