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Giraffes: Africa's iconic species often forgotten in the fight against extinction

From RealityChecksWithStaci-lee.com
January 2024

There are an estimated 68,000 giraffes left but accurate population numbers of wild animals can be difficult to obtain. Over the years itís thought their population has dropped by over 40 %, mostly due to hunting and habitat loss and degradation. While those numbers may not seem like an urgent call to save them many sub species are on the brink of extinction and could vanish in a few years.

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One canít think of Africa without visions of Giraffes. These exotic animals have dotted the landscape as long as man as been alive. Now they are in serious trouble and their future is threatened. There are an estimated 68,000 giraffes left but accurate population numbers of wild animals can be difficult to obtain.

Over the years it is thought their population has dropped by over 40 %, mostly due to hunting and habitat loss and degradation. While those numbers may not seem like an urgent call to save them many sub species are on the brink of extinction and could vanish in a few years.


How Giraffes are really fairing

There are currently 9 known subspecies of giraffe. Several of these are on the brink of extinction. According to the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) estimates that 90 % of the Kordofan giraffe has vanished since the 1980s and is down to a mere 2,000 animals in the wild which is not sustainable in the long term.

The Nubian giraffe subspecies has dropped a whopping 98% and lives only on sheltered lands in Kenya.

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