Giraffes are silently disappearing

December 6, 2014 2:35 PM

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While they don't get the attention of elephants or other high-profile animals on the brink, new numbers from a conservation group show a startling decline: The world had 140,000 giraffes in 1999, and it has 80,000 today.

"It's a silent extinction," the executive director of the Giraffe Conservation Research group tells ABC News.

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