Experts are calling it the silent extinction!
As the world’s tallest animal, and easily one of the most recognisable around the globe, it’s hard to fathom that we could be losing giraffe right before our eyes.
But the reality is, there has been a dramatic drop in the wild giraffe population over the past 30 years.
Habitat loss, poaching and civil unrest has seen giraffe numbers plummet from around 155,000 in 1985 to 97,000 in 2015, which equates to a decline of almost 40 per cent over three giraffe generations. This devastating drop in the wild population saw giraffe re-classified as vulnerable to extinction last year by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
In fact, there are now fewer giraffe in the wild than African Elephants. That’s why as a conservation charity, Zoos SA is committed to safeguarding a future for these gentle giants.
We’re privileged to have these amazing animals call both Adelaide and Monarto Zoo home. In fact, Monarto Zoo’s giraffe herd is one of the biggest in Australia, and continues to grow!
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