Giraffes stick their survival necks out

2022-01-14 11:03:00 PM

New assessment puts their numbers in Africa at more than 117 000, up by 20% since 2015.

Giraffes stick their survival necks out: New assessment puts their numbers in Africa at more than 117 000, up by 20% since 2015.

New assessment puts their numbers in Africa at more than 117 000, up by 20% since 2015.

, show that more than 117 000 of the mammals remain in the wild, representing an increase of nearly 20% since 2015.Although this is still a “precariously” low number — for every three to four African elephants there is only one giraffe in the wild — it’s an encouraging sign, according to the foundation.

“Giraffe are still in trouble, but there is hope as giraffe numbers throughout Africa are showing a positive upwards trend,” it said.In part, the rise in numbers is because of better protection, awareness and conservation, according to the foundation’s

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Although this is still a “precariously” low number — for every three to four African elephants there is only one giraffe in the wild — it’s an encouraging sign, according to the foundation. “Giraffe are still in trouble, but there is hope as giraffe numbers throughout Africa are showing a positive upwards trend,” it said. The Act tightens the regulations around Fidelity Fund Certificates beyond the current requirements to include possession of a valid tax clearance and BEE certificate. In part, the rise in numbers is because of better protection, awareness and conservation, according to the foundation’s annual report .” Motshekga said that regulations were introduced in 2018 around homeschooling – but that these are separate from the framework around online schools. But mostly it’s down to counting the world’s tallest land animal better, said Julian Fennessy, co-founder and director of the foundation. While it has for some time been best practice to include a comprehensive property defects disclosure document as part of a property transfer, it is now mandatory for all property sale and lease agreements.  “In some giraffe populations, we single-handedly doubled the number of giraffe through improved survey methods — or to put it simply, by counting them better,” he said. KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 19%, Eastern Cape and Limpopo each accounted for 9%, Mpumalanga and North West each accounted for 5% and Free State and Northern Cape each accounted for 4% of today’s new cases.

The report describes how, slowly, giraffe are becoming a priority species for conservation. This new board will govern the property profession across the board, not just estate agents, as is currently the case. This includes a number of existing private schools which have had to incorporate online teaching due to ongoing lockdown restrictions. “This is critical for their future survival.” In 2015, giraffe numbers were estimated at 97 562, but this has risen to 117 173. “In line with this, the PPA obliges property practitioners to deliver a ‘disclosure form’ to a seller/lessor before concluding a mandate, and to a purchaser/lessee before making an offer,” she said. Importantly these numbers are increasing across all recently defined four species of giraffe. At the end of October, mobile operator MTN launched its online school, offering a digital curriculum for grades R-12. “This is the first time that such trends have been reported in recent history,” said the foundation. Krige said that the disclosure form must be signed by all parties and attached to the sale or lease agreement .

The four species are the northern giraffe, the Masai giraffe, the reticulated giraffe and the southern giraffe. In 2016, giraffe as a single species was uplisted to vulnerable from least concern on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature ’s (IUCN) red list, following analysis by the agency’s species survival commission’s giraffe and okapi specialist group. “A property practitioner cannot accept a mandate unless the seller or lessor has provided a fully completed and signed disclosure form. The university said that it has already received 8,000 applications for its courses since it was first announced.  It described how the global giraffe population had plummeted by up to 40% over the past 30 years, because of habitat loss, civil unrest and illegal hunting. To better understand the current situation and how giraffe numbers have evolved since the IUCN assessment was completed in 2015, the foundation led a comprehensive review of giraffe’s current abundance and evaluated these trends. Attorneys and other legal practitioners with trust accounts are required to obtain a Fidelity Fund certificate each year.  “With the new taxonomic classification of four distinct species of giraffe, we could better define the conservation status of each species and understand the diverse challenges they face throughout Africa,” it said. Read:.

According to Michael Brown, a conservation scientist with the foundation and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, the understanding of the conservation status of giraffe is constantly evolving with new data on diversity, distribution and abundance. “The FFC holder should also ensure that the prescribed sentence regarding holding an FFC is reproduced on any letterhead or marketing material. Giraffe, according to the foundation’s recent study, are widely distributed throughout 21 countries but, continent-wide, giraffe populations have declined considerably over the past several decades.  “Recent genetic studies, however, propose alternative taxonomic categorisations in which giraffe are comprised of four distinct species.” Every property practitioner must also: Open and keep one or more separate trust account/s; Appoint an auditor; Provide the Property Practitioners Regulatory Authority with all information regarding the trust account/s and auditor appointed; Deposit all trust money in the relevant trust account; and Keep separate accounting records for the trust account/s and have them audited. These proposed taxonomic classifications have considerable impact on giraffe conservation status, emphasising the diverse challenges that giraffe face throughout Africa.”  The authors said that providing the most current and accurate giraffe abundance estimates within evolving taxonomic perspectives can better guide targeted conservation efforts for these species.

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