Giraffes: The 'Silent Extinction'

December 4, 2014 4:45 PM

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With elephants and rhinos getting all the attention with their dwindling numbers, Africa's other iconic animal, the giraffe, is going unnoticed. Giraffe numbers have dropped 40 percent in the last 15 years, a fact that has flown under the radar until now.

"It's a silent extinction," Dr. Julian Fennessy, a wildlife expert conducting the first comprehensive assessment on giraffes, told ABC News. "The numbers have gone down from 140,000 to fewer than 80,000 today," he added.

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