'Invisible' Extinction: Giraffe Population Down 40%
The Giraffe Conservation Foundation says there were 140,000 giraffes 15 years ago. Now, their numbers are down to 80,000.By Matt Moreno | December 4, 2014
A decline of 40% in the last 15 years and on the brink of extinction.
That's the way things are looking for the world's tallest animal, the giraffe, according to Giraffe Conservation Foundation. 15 years ago, 140,000 giraffes roamed Africa the group says. Now, their numbers are down to just 80,000.
There's currently nine subspecies of the giraffe. The GCF says six of those nine are decreasing and/or unstable and two, the Rothschild giraffe and the West African giraffe are officially listed as endangered.