Trump administration (finally) agrees to consider giraffes for endangered species protections

After much prodding from environmental groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to conduct a review into the conservation status of giraffes, a first step toward securing Endangered Species Act protections for the species. It’s not a moment too soon: Populations of the iconic animal have plummeted about 40 percent since 1985, and the United States continues to fuel the market for imported giraffe parts, such as hunting trophies and bone carvings.

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