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Due to a drastic plunge in population, giraffes could now be considered as endangered.

Many conservationists are calling for the mammals to be officially put on the endangered list to save them from "silent extinction."

The Guardian reports that the International Union for Conservation of Nature moved giraffes from 'Least Concern' to 'Vulnerable' on its global Red List last December, which is seriously worrying news.

Group of Giraffe Surrounded by the Green Trees

It has also been reported that since the mid-80s, giraffes numbers in various parts of Africa have dropped by more than 40 per cent, which means they need to have special protection.

A formal petition has been made online by conservationist groups, which reads: "Considering the ongoing threats to giraffes and their small remaining populations, now is the time for Endangered Species Act protections for this seriously and increasingly imperiled species."

Sir David Attenborough also voiced his concerns in his Gentle Giants BBC documentary.

Giraffe Standing Near on Grey Green Tree

"It's well known that African elephants are in trouble and there are perhaps just under half a million left," he said.

"But what no one realised is there are far fewer giraffes. Giraffes have already become extinct in seven countries. They are killed for their meat and their habitats are being destroyed. Time is running out."

You can sign up to the petition mentioned above and find out more info over on this website.



Dublin Zoo is evidently encouraging the nation to collectively utter an audible "ooh" and "aah": because it has now released images of its three unbelievably adorable red ruffed lemur newborns.

The Zoo is already home to four of the cute-as-a-button primates, but these loveable fur babies are pretty much the icing on the cake when it comes to can't-stop-staring cuteness. 

The team at Dublin Zoo is undoubtedly delighted with the new arrivals as the species is currently under threat.

The organisation's Ciaran McMahon explained: “Red ruffed lemurs are one of the most endangered of all lemurs.

"The birth of three babies at Dublin Zoo is hugely significant and definitely something to celebrate. 

"We are delighted to report that our new arrivals are strong and healthy and are nosily exploring their habitat on red ruffed lemur island."

So, helping increase the population of endangered species while also indulging in hours of cuteness is a sure way to get bring on that Friday feeling a little earlier. 

To see the new-born red ruffed lemur babies venture out into their new habitat for the very first time, tune in to The Zoo this evening at 7pm on RTÉ One.