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Zoo could soon be the only place to find giraffes

Posted at 6:06 PM, Dec 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-08 18:06:18-05

A new study shows Giraffes are on the red list of being extinct.

The population for the tallest land animals has shrunk nearly 40 percent in just 30 years. Scientists blame it on the loss of habitat in Africa and hunters killing and poaching the animals.

There are four species of giraffes. Very few of the species populations are growing. An overwhelmingly majority are dropping. In 1985, there were more than 151,000 giraffes. In 2015, that number dropped to around 97,000.

"Giraffes will probably only be seen in a zoo if they keep going the way they're going," Giraffe Trainer for the Buffalo Zoo, Vicki Hodge said.

Just a few years ago two new baby giraffes, Zuri and Sampson were born at the Buffalo Zoo. Along with the two youngsters, there are also three adult giraffes. Hodge said this extinction issue should definitely be concerning to people.

Giraffes, especially the males, are more likely to become extinct than elephants, hippopotamuses, and rhinos all put together.