ECONOMIC TIMES US lists giraffes as threatened species
- The Trump administration on April 25, 2019 initiated its first move towards extending protection for giraffes under the Endangered Species Act.
- The decision comes after legal pressure from environmental groups.
- The group, which designates endangered species, added giraffes to its “Red List” in 2016.
- It determined that the species as a whole is “vulnerable” to extinction and classified two subspecies as “critically endangered.”
- There are now only about 68,000 mature giraffes left in the wild, with their number falling each year.
- A coalition of environmental and conservation groups petitioned the Fish and Wildlife Service in early 2017 to protect giraffes under the Endangered Species Act.
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