The number of giraffes in the wild has declined by as much as 40 percent in the last three decades, according to environmentalists. Hence, the world’s tallest creatures are now classified as “vulnerable” to extinction.
The passenger pigeon, the woolly mammoth and the Tasmanian tiger – what do they all have in common? They are extinct. But how many animals have died out? And how many more will? Global Ideas takes a look.
Despite legal protection, birds are still illegally killed across migration routes – particularly in the Mediterranean. Experts are meeting this week in Manila to tackle this and other threats against migratory species.
Some scientists say wind turbine areas are like artificial reefs, creating sanctuaries for marine life. But plenty of questions regarding their environmental impact remain.
Civil war, deforestation, disease and poaching have driven the mighty mountain gorilla to the brink of extinction. Conservation efforts have helped boost population numbers, but humans are still their greatest threat.
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