Giraffes are facing “silent extinction” as their population shrank nearly 40% in the last 30 years! Scientists have put them on the official watch list of the threatened and endangered animal species!
Giraffes, the tallest land animals, are now at risk of extinction, as the biologists say. In 1985, there were between 151,000 and 163,000 giraffes in the world. In 2015 the numbers were way down with only 97,562 giraffes in the world. The giraffe is the only mammal on the planet whose status changed on the list this year. Scientists blame mostly habitat loss.
Scientists blame shrinking living space as the main culprit in the rapid declining giraffe population, worsening by poaching and disease too. Plenty people are moving into giraffe areas especially in central and also eastern Africa. Giraffe numbers are really plunging most in central and in eastern Africa and are being offset by increases in southern Africa.