Experts Say Giraffes Are in Danger of “Silent Extinction”


Wildlife experts say giraffe populations are dropping drastically across Africa due to poaching and habitat loss, and it’s gone largely unnoticed. There has been a 40 percent drop in the giraffe population in the last 15 years, according to the Namibian-based Giraffe Conservation Research, which is conducting the first comprehensive assessment on giraffes to be published next year. “It’s a silent extinction,” said Dr. Julian Fennessy, the group’s executive director. “The numbers have gone down from 140,000 to fewer than 80,000 today.” Fennessy said there’s a widespread belief that the animals are everywhere, due to a lack of accurate data. — Read it at ABC News

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