Although there are over 100,000 reticulated giraffes throughout their relatively small African range, they are classified as a vulnerable species by the IUCN. Unfortunately, reticulated giraffes are a primary target for poachers due to their hair and skin. Because of this illegal hunting, some subspecies have been reduced down to less than 100 remaining individuals. Thankfully, there are a multitude of sanctuaries set up throughout Africa, as well as laws and regulations in place to help combat illegal poaching.
- Recommended Age: 3+
- Size in cm: 14 L x 4 W x 18 H
- Size in in: 5.51 L x 1.57 W x 7.09 H
The giraffe species has a status of least concern, although the reticulated giraffe subspecies has experienced a steep population decline. Estimates show that its numbers have gone from roughly 28,000 in the late 1990s to fewer than 5,000 in recent years. The main threats to this subspecies are habitat loss and poaching. More information about the reticulated giraffe is needed in order to create effective conservation efforts.