In 2016, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) shifted the conservation status of giraffes from species of "least concern" to "vulnerable". It seems that in all of six years, the gentle giants had gone from a state of low or no concern to being just four steps away from a complete wipeout.
Eight million tonnes of plastic leaks into the oceans and seas per year, resulting in the reduction of at least 600 species, 15% of which are endangered, at a cost of $80 million to European fishermen. However, there is a way out and it can be found in the past, according to the son of the great ocean explorer, Pierre Yves Cousteau.
Dubbed the "living genbank" since it is home to many endangered animals, the Faruk Yalçın Zoo in Darıca close to Istanbul received 400,000 visitors last year.
Education and Marketing Director Gökmen Aydın said the zoo in the northwestern province of Kocaeli was home to 3,600 animals from 286 species, making it the zoo with the most species in Turkey.