21 Apr '17, 1am

Giraffes Are Quietly Disappearing, But The U.S. Can Help Stop Their Silent Extinction

Giraffes Are Quietly Disappearing, But The U.S. Can Help Stop Their Silent Extinction

Despite their stature as the tallest land animal on earth, and status as one of the most iconic and beloved species in the world, giraffes have been quietly disappearing from the landscape at an alarming rate. Now, however, there’s hope the U.S. will act to ensure their survival by protecting them as an endangered species. Since the mid-1980s, the population of giraffes has declined by a startling 40 percent , leaving only an estimated 97,560 individuals in the wild. There are now fewer giraffes left in existence than elephants. In December, concerns about the threat of extinction prompted the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to change their status from a species of Least Concern – skipping right over Near Threatened – to Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Unfortunately, they continue to face mounting pressure from a growing hum...

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