21 Apr '17, 12am

Saving giraffes

SAVING GiraffeS Known for their 6-foot-long necks, distinctive patterning and long eyelashes, giraffes have always captured the human imagination. These amazing African animals have the highest blood pressure among land mammals, special valves in their heads to make sure they don’t pass out after leaning over to drink water, and tongues that can be 20 inches long . But these tallest of all land mammals are in the midst of a silent extinction. Africa’s giraffe population has dropped by almost 40 percent in the past 30 years, dwindling to just more than 97,000 individuals — which may seem like a big number, but not in giraffes’ case (just consider their huge range, for instance). Giraffes face mounting threats from habitat loss and fragmentation: Growing human populations and urban development — and the accompanying increase in agriculture, mines, and other extractive indust...

Full article: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/species/mammals/giraff...

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