Giraffe numbers are plummeting across Africa. Populations have fallen from an estimate of close to 140,000 in 2000 to just under 80,000 giraffes today, a rapid drop of about 40 per cent. Over one million roamed Africa less than 150 years ago.
As a species, giraffes were listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN red list of threatened species in Dec 2016. A major review by IUCN of the conservation status of giraffes as a whole and each of the nine subspecies is almost complete. There are many more elephants (450,000) and they are listed as Vulnerable on the African continent. Experts say that giraffes are not getting the attention they deserve.