Giraffes Are Heading Towards a "Silent Extinction", as Populations Plummet
Almost 40% have disappeared in 30 years.
The tallest animal in the world has been brought tragically low, with new research revealing that the global giraffe population has plummeted by up to 40 percent over the last 30 years.
The Red List, which is maintained by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), only currently recognises a single species of giraffe (G. camelopardalis), although researchers recently identified four distinct species of the animal.
While the IUCN is waiting more data before confirming that reclassification, the overall picture for giraffes looks bleak, with numbers dropping from approximately 151,702–163,452 individuals in 1985 to 97,562 in 2015.
That’s a 36–40 percent decline, depending on which 1985 estimate you start with, and the resulting change in Red List status is something to be concerned about.