Don’t be puzzled at my jigsaw coat.
It’s strange but it works for me.
I’m an ungulate mammal,
Who roams the plains
From Niger right down to the South.
My neck is the longest
You’re likely to see
I can reach up high and down low.
My legs, any supermodel would admire,
And I can run fast cross the plains.
But there is a problem:
When I want a drink,
I have to shrink
To reach down, there’s only one way
Keep watch: take care
And then spread them away
And trust there’re no predators around.
My eyes and eyelashes are large and brown
With a softness and warmth that’s endearing:
I am curious too, looking at you,
In fact to humans, I seem quite alluring.
Yet do you all know what you’re losing
As our habitats you are abusing?
We have six species but some are endangered
Or vulnerable and fragile in numbers.
Though we’re large in size – extremely tall,
It doesn’t mean we will survive.
In Africa fewer than elephants wild
We need you to realise now.
Save our habitat please ;
Please find out how
Do you really want to lose us?
Words and photos copyright by Englepip ©
Giraffe numbers have fallen nearly 40% since the 1980s and by 95% in some areas.
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