Giraffes Are Going Silently Extinct, As Crisis 'May Be Greater' Than Previously Thought

By Sophie Gallagher


The world’s tallest land mammal, the giraffe, has experienced a “devastating decline” in recent years as global populations have dropped 40% since 1985.  


The shocking statistics were released in the latest ‘Red List’ update, that showed numbers have dropped from 151,702 individuals to 97,562 in just three decades.


This sharp decline has seen it be recategorised, moving from ‘least concern’ to ‘vulnerable’ as conservationists acknowledge the animal is being driven off the face of the planet. 


Julian Fennessy, co-chair of the IUCN SSC Giraffe Specialist Group said: “Whilst giraffes are commonly seen on safari, in the media and in zoos, people – including conservationists – are unaware that these majestic animals are undergoing a silent extinction. 


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