The tallest animals in the world, giraffes, are facing a serious risk of extinction, as a recent study found that their number has decreased by nearly 40% in the past 30 years.
The number of giraffes in 1985 was estimated at 157,000, and today this number is reduced by half reaching only 97,500. Currently giraffes are on a so-called ‘red list’ od endangered animals, a status that hasn’t been regarded as alarming so far, but is today it means ‘animals on the brink of extinction.’
According to a Guardian report, there are a number of factors that contributed to this radical decline in the number of giraffes such as the significant rise of the African population, farmlands being stretched out into giraffes’ natural habitats, pouching, as well as civil wars.
“These gentle giants have been overlooked. It’s well known that African elephants are in trouble and there are perhaps just under half a million left. But what no one realized is there are far fewer giraffes, which have already become extinct in seven countries,” said Sir David Attenborough.