The giraffe is one of the most iconic symbols of Africa.
And according to a new research, the giraffe is also, unfortunately, in trouble. Their numbers are plummeting across the continent, and they've disappeared in seven countries already. With more than a whopping 43 percent decline in population since 1998, only 80,000 giraffes "patchily" roam 21 African nations, notes the report.
According to Stephanie Fennessy, program director with the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) - which is based in Namibia but has conservation projects across Africa - habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict and poaching are slashing giraffe numbers. And in some countries, like the Democratic Republic of Congo, the giraffe is on the verge of local extinction, with just 30 to 40 of them left in the country, she says.
"The perception is that giraffe numbers are huge. And that they are everywhere. And there's no need to protect them," Fennessy told The Dodo. But this perception is turning into a problem, and now, time is of the essence to pay attention to their plight.