- Giraffe numbers have plummeted in the last three decades by 40%.
- Three of the currently recognised nine subspecies were listed as Critically Endangered or Endangered on the latest IUCN Red List.
- The Kordofan and Nubian giraffes are just one step away from extinction in the wild.
- The Reticulated, Thornicroft’s and West African giraffes are also listed as Endangered or Vulnerable.
- Habitat loss through expanding agriculture, mining activities, civil unrest, increasing population and poaching for their meat, pelts, and tails, are some reasons for the decline.
- Climate change is also contributing to more frequent drought conditions, increasing the prospects of bush fires, loss of habitat, and human population movements often into protected areas.