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Status:There are an estimated 200,000 giraffes worldwide. Two of the nine subspecies of giraffe are currently endangered: the West African Giraffe and the Rothschild's Giraffe. The other 7 subspecies are not currently classified as endangered, but recent studies have shown that they are undergoing a population decline across Africa.Threat:African hunters hunt giraffes for its hide and hair. The meat of a giraffe provides a lot of nutrients for humans.Destruction of habitat takes several forms, but all of them basically reduce the amount of land available for giraffes. Some land is taken directly for human development such as roads and houses, and some land is developed for raising crops or livestock. In some places, people cut down trees for firewood.But efforts to relocate animals to more suitable habitats have helped preserve the giraffe population in some areas.Habitat:This animal lives naturally in Savanna in large herds. However, the giraffe is native to Africa, specifically in the southern most part of the Sahara. Even so, some parts of East Africa now protect his magnificent animal. Unfortunately, humans are by farthe worst predator. Therefore, unless more protectedareas are provided, habitat, the number ofdeclining animals will continue.Facts:They can run up to 34 miles per hour.Their tongue is 18 inches long.Although rarely heard, Giraffes can moo,hiss, roar and whistle to communicatewith one another.