For the first time in the history of US, griaffe is listed as an endangered species.
The decision was taken after several years of warning that giraffes are sliding toward a silent extinction, US has taken the strong step towards protecting the world’s tallest animal.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced that its initial review has determined there is substantial information that listing may be warranted for giraffes. The finding, to be published in the Federal Register, will begin a more in-depth review and public comment process that could lead to import restrictions on hunting trophies and body parts from giraffes, including hides and bones.
The giraffe population in Africa has declined by about 40 percent in the past three decades, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. 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.