A FAMILY poses for a happy holiday snap – standing proudly beside the giraffe they have just shot dead for sport.
Tourists like these are paying tens of thousands of pounds to legally hunt giraffe, the elegant, gentle giants of the animal kingdom.
Many take the animals‘ heads home as a sick trophy of their African „adventure“.
Giraffe expert Dr Julian Fennessey said: „Some come from Britain but the big majority are from North America, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia.
„Some hunters just like to have photos taken next to the dead giraffe.
„But others pay taxidermists to mount the head so they can take them home as a souvenir. Or they might want to take the skin.“