Giraffes Are Facing a Silent Extinction
The iconic giraffe is rapidly heading toward extinction, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
In the past 30 years, giraffe numbers have plummeted by 40 percent from around 157,000 individuals in 1985 to 97,500 in 2015, IUCN announced in a statement last week. This has brought the charismatic species a few steps closer to extinction.
Given their dramatic decline, the giraffe’s IUCN Red List status has jumped two places from “Least Concern” to “Vulnerable to Extinction.”