Giraffes Are Threatened with Extinction By Jeanna Bryner

Summary: On Dec. 8 the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Cancun, Mexico announced that five out of the nine giraffe species are declining in population. This is thought to be caused by habitat loss, civil unrest and illegal hunting. This comes at a surprise because before this giraffes were thought to be "least concern" on the IUCN Red List. The actions being taken to stop this decline is to raise awareness about giraffe declines, restoring the integrity of protected areas for the animals, and supporting already-created giraffe conservation strategies and action plans.

Analysis of Article: This article is noteworthy because it helps give awareness to endangered species that we may not know are endangered. This could get people to start to try and look at other species and check to see if the are endangered. If we know which species need help we could take steps to protect them. Learning about endanger species could also lead people to trying to help the environment in different ways, like lower their footprint.

My Big Takeaway: This article takes me both sad and happy. I'm sad that another species is endangered because for things we have caused, but at the same time I'm glad that we have discovered that giraffes are endangered while their are still a good amount of them. This gives us a good changes in helping them make a come back. My hope is that this could lead more people to try and take actions to protect animals habits.

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