The Silent Extinction Of Giraffes: Will Earth Soon Lose Its Tallest Land Animal?
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has recently revealed that giraffes' population has greatly shrunk up to nearly 40 percent in just a span of 30 years. Consequently, the condition has eventually put them on the official watch list of threatened and endangered species worldwide, calling it "vulnerable". The IUCN has further revealed that they have gone two steps up the danger ladder from its previous designation of being a species of least concern.
The Silent Extinction: Giraffes No More?
In one of the IUCN's statement at a biodiversity meeting, CBS News reports that the organization has increased the threat level for 35 species and lowered the threat level for seven species on its "Red List" of threatened species, considered by scientists the official list of what animals and plants are in danger of disappearing. Scientists are allegedly looking at the reason of habitat loss as to why these mammals have quickly emerged on the watch list. It was found that the giraffe is the only mammal whose status changed on the list this year.
According to BuzzNews Feed, scientists believe that the giraffe population's precipitous decline is due mostly to human activity in the form of illegal hunting, habitat loss, expanded agriculture and mining, and civil unrest. Furthermore, they have additionally warned that if current trends aren't reversed, the regal, spindly mammals that can reach up to 20 feet high could be gone from the landscape forever.
Co-director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation Julian Fennessy has claimed that everyone assumes that giraffes are everywhere, when in fact, they're not. Just recently, Fennessy blamed shrinking living space as the main culprit in the declining giraffe population, worsened by poaching and disease.
Meanwhile, there's some good news that aims to prevent the situation from worsening. It was found that in September, the IUCN World Conservation Congress had reportedly passed a resolution calling for governments and other parties to increase conservation efforts, including better equipping authorities to monitor and protect giraffe herds.
There Isn't Just One But Four Species Of Giraffes, Scientists Found
Little information is known about giraffes. Apparently, there isn't just one species, but four distinct lineages, a new study found.
Vaquita Porpoise Doomed To Extinction By Illegal Fishing
As man continues to progress and grow in population, it has endangered a number of species in the process. One of those is the Vaquita porpoise, which is doomed to extinction by illegal fishing.
San Diego Zoo Breeds The Rarest Of All Insects To Have Been Discovered
Can The Discovery Of The Rarest Insect Lead To Other Discoveries In The Future? What Does Experts Have To Say About This Once In A Lifetime Discovery?
Elon Musk Is Working On A Consensual Telepathy; Latest Details Inside
Elon Musk has confirmed that Neuralink is real and that he is serious about the technology. The firm will soon develop a “neural lace” technology that would involve implanting tiny brain electrodes.
Aliens Send Mysterious Signals To Earth, Harvard Claims
Scientists claim that mysterious radio signals are actually alien messages to humans. Harvard scientists are currently exploring the possibilities of receiving messages emanating from alien technology.
Martian Aliens May Have Contributed To The Birth Of Humans, Astronomer Says
A leading astronomer says that we might have Martian aliens to thank for the existence of human race. He believes that there is a great chance the Red Planet has lent Earth the materials for life through a great collision with an asteriod in the past.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
These Are 5 of the Most Wanted IT Jobs in 2020
These are the most wanted IT jobs in 2020, considering different factors such as: education, salary and job outlook.
How Do Personal Emergency Response Systems Work?
Personal emergency response systems, known as PERS for short, are systems that help people to raise the alarm and get immediate help when a medical or personal emergency occurs. They are ideal for older people and anyone with a mobility issue or an injury or illness that can cause falls.
Game Developers’ Different Roles in the Studio
Learn about the different professionals involved in developing video games. Becoming a game developer is one of the coolest jobs around and your 14-year-old self, perched on the edge of your bed as you play PlayStation, will thank you for making such an awesome career move.
Michael Wiener of Albuquerque New Mexico Shares Fun Facts About the History of USA License Plates
Motor vehicle license plates are physical, historical records of motor vehicle history and license plate collecting attracts fans of history, motor vehicles, and classic design. In this article, license plate expert Michael Wiener of Albuquerque New Mexico shares fun facts about license plates in the United States.