Number of the Day: 80,000 (giraffes left in Africa)

The Paw Report

"Giraffe Standing"  by   Miroslav Duchacek used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license. “Giraffe Standing” by Miroslav Duchacek used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license.

A few days ago, World Giraffe Day was celebrated. Unfortunately for giraffes, things are not looking good: Their population has plummeted from a 120,000 to a staggering 80,000 individuals between 1998 and 2012. Two giraffe subspecies are endangered.

How could this happen? The South African reports that giraffes “[are] being threatened by a number of human activities, including poaching, disease, habitat loss, war, and conflict with humans over scarce resources.”  Theo Way Nana, conservation management trainee for African Wildlife Foundation, says that “[t]he West African giraffe lives only in Niger, mainly on community lands and farms. This coexistence with humans has led to reduced and degraded habitat for giraffe, as well as incidents of human–giraffe conflict.”

While giraffes are dying out in the wild, others are being born — or killed — in zoos. On…

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