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Earth’s Tallest Land Animal Needs Endangered Species Protection https://t.co/PoxOd9EvQp

In response to recent scientific consensus on giraffes ' vulnerability to extinction, five wildlife protection groups today petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect Earth's tallest land animal under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The legal petition , filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, Humane Society International, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare and Natural Resources Defense Council, seeks "endangered" status for the species. Facing mounting threats from habitat loss, hunting for meat and the international trade in bone carvings and trophies, Africa's giraffe population has plunged almost 40 percent in the past 30 years and now stands at just more than 97,000 individuals. "Giraffes have been dying off silently for decades, and now we have to act quickly before they disappear forever," said Tanya Sa...

Full article: http://www.ecowatch.com/giraffe-endangered-species-protec...

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