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Giraffes "vulnerable to extinction"

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Giraffes "vulnerable to extinction"

<p>Giraffes have become the latest animal to be considered as being “vulnerable” to extinction.</p> <p>According to the <a href="https://www.iucn.org/" title="IUCN">International Union for the Conservation of Nature</a> there has been a dramatic drop in the giraffe population in the last 30 years.</p> <p>Habitat loss, poaching and civil unrest in many parts of Africa are to blame.</p> <p>In the <span class="caps">IUCN</span>’s latest global Red List of threatened species, the world’s tallest mammal is now said to be “vulnerable”, meaning that over three generations, the population has declined by more that 30%.</p> <p>While researchers believe that some local populations may not survive, there is optimism that the long term future of these tall creatures can be secured.</p> <p>Experts say the success in keeping giraffe numbers high has much to do with the management of game parks and its hoped the <span class="caps">IUCN</span> listing will now attract much needed attention that will benefit the species.</p>