Giraffes are facing unprecedented pressures in the wild with 3 of the 9 giraffe subspecies now listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ or ‘Endangered’. Wild giraffes had a 40% decline in population over the past 30 years! Poaching, game hunting and habitat loss continue to be major threats. It is estimated that there are only approximately 111,000 giraffes remaining in all of Africa. World Giraffe Day 2019 is dedicated to Twiga Tracker, the largest giraffe GPS satellite tracking programme ever in Africa (‘twiga’ is Swahili for giraffe)!
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