Giraffe Now Listed As ‘Vulnerable’ To Extinction As Population Plummets

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From NPR:

“Giraffes are dying at an alarming rate and could face extinction if the trend doesn’t reverse, according to a new conservation report on animal populations worldwide.

The report was released by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which maintains the so-called Red List of species threatened with extinction.

For the first time, the group now lists the giraffe as a “vulnerable” species, meaning it is “facing a high risk of extinction in the wild in the medium-term future” because of steep population decline.

In the past 30 years, the global giraffe population has declined between 36 percent and 40 percent, according to the IUCN.”

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