Giraffes: Conservation

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 31st July 2019.

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Photo of Lord Jones of Cheltenham Lord Jones of Cheltenham Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to work with other governments to classify giraffes as an endangered species.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government takes the conservation of endangered species seriously and is also guided by evidence.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is internationally recognised for its work in identifying the conservation status of species, known as the “Red List”. IUCN currently classifies Giraffes as ‘Vulnerable’. For the extinction risk of Giraffes to be increased to ‘Endangered’ the species must meet several additional classification criteria, for example a considerable reduction in population size must be seen.

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