Giraffe subspecies are critically endangered for the first time & # 39; & # 39; displayed
- Two giraffe subspecies now have an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild
- Research shows that the Kordofan and the Nubian giraffe are critically under threat & # 39;
- The two subspecies are placed on a red list of endangered species for the first time
Joseph Laws for Mailonline
Two subspecies of the giraffe are for the first time classified as seriously endangered.
Both the Kordofan giraffe, often found in Cameroon, and the Nubian giraffe, often found in Kenya, have been placed on a red list of endangered species.
Researchers from the Survival Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Species found that the two subspecies were seriously at risk, which means that they have an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.
The Kordofan giraffe pictured above is now critically endangered. If their number continues to decline, they can die out in the wild, meaning that they can only be found in zoos or in captivity. [File photo]
The Kordofan giraffe is about 16 feet long, which is relatively small for the giraffe and has strange spots on the inside of the legs.
The Nubian giraffe can be up to 19 feet long with sharp spots and no stains on his abdomen.
If their numbers continue to decline, they can both die out in the wild, which means that they can only be found in zoos or in captivity.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature publishes an extinction scale of nine levels.
Dr. Julian Fennessy, director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, said that giraffes underwent silent extinction.
She said: & # 39; While the giraffe populations in southern Africa are doing fine, & # 39; the world's highest animal under heavy pressure in some of its core areas in East, Central and West Africa.
It can come as a shock that three of the currently recognized nine subspecies now as & # 39; critically threatened & # 39; or & # 39; threatened, but we've been beating alarm for a few years now & # 39 ;.
Two subspecies of the giraffe are for the first time classified as seriously endangered. Both the Kordofan giraffe, often found in Cameroon, and the Nubian giraffe, often found in Kenya, have been placed on a red list with extinction [File photo]
However, researchers have also found that the numbers of two separate giraffe subspecies have increased.
The giraffe of the Rothschild, also found in Kenya, is in 2010 from being threatened to fragile & # 39 ;.
The West African giraffe is also threatened to vulnerable in 2008.
The researchers said the downlisting was due to the efforts of African governments and nature conservation organizations.