These Rare Giraffes Were Killed Just for Their Tails

August 10, 2016 – The killing of three rare Kordofan giraffes inspired a filmmaker to transform his anger into action. David Hamlin was on assignment in the Democratic Republic of the Congo when he saw a female and two male giraffes peacefully making their way through the tall grass. The next morning he learned that the three animals were found shot and mutilated. Shocked by the news and compelled to uncover the truth, Hamlin decided to visit the site of the killings to document this horrific act. Accompanied by armed rangers from the nonprofit conservation organization African Parks and the Congolese Parks Authority ICCN, he ventured through the volatile grounds of Garamba National Park. There he learned that the giraffes were killed for something worth thousands of U.S. dollars: their tails.

Garamba National Park is a battleground where heavily armed groups poach wildlife for resources and monetary gain. This latest incident was a major blow to the rangers, because the number for Kordofan giraffes in that area has dwindled down to 37. However, Hamlin hopes this tragedy will galvanize the efforts of conservationists and others who fight to protect the world’s endangered animals.

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