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Giraffes Are Now On The Extinction Watch List

Biologists have just given us some extremely sad news.

Since 1985, we have lost 40% of the giraffe population. It went from 163,000 giraffes in 1985 to around 97,000 in 2015.

Because of this rapid decrease, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature along with scientists have put giraffes on the official watch list of threatened and endangered species worldwide.

The tallest land animal is now listed as a "vulnerable" species, which is a big jump from its previous designation of "species of least concern."

As for what's to blame for the decline, scientists are saying it's mainly loss of habitat that is killing these creatures off.

Hopefully, now that we all know what danger these beautiful animals are in, we can all work together to keep them around for as long as we can!

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