Giraffes are in trouble. Their plight in Africa, as well as new insights in to their behavior and ecology, are the subject of the latest issue of African Journal of Ecology.
Giraffe numbers have plummeted by over 50% in the last few decades and populations continue to decline. Their only living relative, the okapi, is in a more precarious status. Fred Bercovitch presents an overview of the situation, and points out what is needed in the future in a review essay in the journal.
To find out more about their conservation status and read about giraffe wildlife science, see the new issue of African Journal of Ecology