The giraffe is increasingly becoming a new target for wild meat hunters in the northern part of Tanzania and local authorities warn that if the trend left unchecked, the innocent animals will soon be wiped out.
Longido district is one of the highly affected areas in the northern safari capital of Arusha with the increasing wave of giraffe poaching.
"Giraffe poaching is very new in this area, which is very close to Lake Natron Game Controlled Area.
"We used to see poachers targeting large mammals like rhinos and elephants, but now it is not the case," said James Ole Millya, District Commissioner for Longido, which also borders Kenya.
He further stated that of late, there has been a growing trend of poaching giraffe, the Tanzania’s national symbol.
"Despite the fact that it is illegal to for anyone to kill a giraffe since it is sanctified as a national symbol, but the situation is getting out of hand," the DC told Xinhua on Thursday.
"It is so astonishing to see an increasing wave of people who are engaging in killing these innocent animals.
"I don’t know what these people want from giraffe," he said, adding that Longido district is facing serious poaching and most poachers are targeting giraffe and other wildlife. More....