Hunted: Giraffe risks being wiped out of savannah

Giraffe poaching

Giraffes at Ruko Conservancy in Baringo. The giraffe has been classified as an endangered species.

Photo credit: Cheboite Kigen | nation

What you need to know:

  • It is estimated that there are approximately 32,000 Maasai giraffes in Kenya and Tanzania
  • There are less than 100,000 giraffes in the wild in Africa - a 40 per cent decline in 30 years
  • The population of the reticulated giraffe in Kenya, for example, has declined by 80 per cent

It is the most visible of wildlife, colourful and towering over the African Savannah.

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