Two subspecies of giraffes were recently added to the list of “critically endangered” species for the first time ever, as per the latest report by IUCN.
Two subspecies of giraffes were recently added to the list of "critically endangered" species for the first time ever, as per the latest report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which administers the world's official endangered species list.
The IUCN reported that they have moved the giraffe from the list of 'Least Concern' to that of 'Vulnerable' status in their Red List of Threatened Species report.
The next slots after 'vulnerable' are 'endangered', 'critically endangered', 'extinct in the wild', and 'extinct'. Thus, if we do nothing about it, giraffes could become extinct in the wild in the medium-term future.
Two subspecies of the world's tallest land animal -- the Kordofan giraffe and the Nubian giraffe - were added to the list of "critically endangered. These giraffe subspecies are found mainly across East, Central, and West Africa.
Another subspecies living in the Horn of Africa -- called the reticulated giraffe - was listed as "endangered".