Will the greatest living animal on earth disappear from the surface of the world? In 30 years, the number of individuals has decreased by 40%. Alarming figures revealed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. In 1985 there were 155,000 live giraffes, by 2015 there were only 97,500. These animals, although protected in several African countries, are illegally hunted for their meat but they are also poached for their skins. But the main threat remains linked to economic development. Activities that lead to significant deforestation, and without forest giraffes can not survive. Nakuru forest, Kenya.