Native to Africa, giraffes are the tallest land animals in the world. While they number over 100,000 individuals in the wild and, as a species, are listed as "least concern" by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, several subspecies are presently endangered.

According to IUCN, both the Niger giraffe and Rothschild’s giraffe subspecies are endangered. There may be fewer than 2,500 mature Rothschild’s giraffes in the wild and "numbers are declining overall and no subpopulation is estimated to contain more than 250 mature individuals," explains IUCN. The Niger giraffe suffers a worse fate with "less than 200 individuals" in existence, but IUCN notes the population is "currently increasing under targeted conservation programmes."

Officials at a zoo in Poland recently announced that a male giraffe that was widowed after stress from a hooligan break-in killed his two companions will receive new friends. 5-year-old Rothchild giraffe Tofik will reportedly receive three female companions. According to AP, "after the attack Tofik lost weight, ate little and reacted with panic to any disturbance, but has recovered and is ready for company."

If you wish you could befriend a giraffe, check out this tourist's reaction to a wet giraffe kiss.

Fore more giraffe news, read about the baby giraffes born in July at a Colorado zoo and in March at New York City's Bronx Zoo.

Below, check out some of our favorite photos of giraffes:

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  • A giraffe licks its lips at the Houston Zoo Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, in Houston. The Houston Zoo started its Gift of Grub campaign to raise money to help feed the more than 6,000 animals at the zoo. It costs more than $600,000 a year to feed the animals, and due to the abnormal weather conditions across the country the cost of feeding the animals has gone up. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)

  • Two reticulated giraffe play at the zoo in Cologne, western Germany, on August 2, 2012. In the wild, giraffe live in sub-Sahararan Africa. AFP PHOTO / OLIVER BERG

  • Baby giraffe 'Dorle' stands in the enclosure at the Tierpark Friedrichsfelde zoo in Berlin, on July 24, 2012. 'Dorle' was born at the zoo on July 2, 2012. AFP PHOTO / BRITTA PEDERSEN

  • A two-week old male giraffe sticks out his tongue in front of his mother 'Ashanti', not seen in the picture during the first contact with the herd of Rothschild giraffes in the Leipzig zoo, central Germany, Monday, March 5, 2012. The still nameless giraffe baby was born in Leipzig, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

  • Nora, a Rothschild giraffe, stares at the camera at Prague Zoo in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

  • Baby giraffes 'Dorle' (R) and 'Jule' stand in the enclosure at the Tierpark Friedrichsfelde zoo in Berlin, on July 24, 2012. 'Dorle' was born at the zoo on July 2, 2012, 'Jule' in mid-June 2012. AFP PHOTO / BRITTA PEDERSEN

  • A baby giraffe, only a few days old, stands next to her mother Santana in an enclosure at the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden on February 24, 2012. The 170 cm tall baby giraffe was born a week ago. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK

  • Baby giraffe 'Dorle' stands in the enclosure at the Tierpark Friedrichsfelde zoo in Berlin, on July 24, 2012. 'Dorle' was born at the zoo on July 2, 2012. AFP PHOTO / BRITTA PEDERSEN

  • Visitors look at a giraffe at the Duisburg Zoo on August 8, 2011 in Duisburg, western Germany. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

  • A baby giraffe, only a few days old, shares a moment of tenderness with her mother Santana in an enclosure at the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden on February 24, 2012. The 170 cm tall baby giraffe was born a week ago. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK

  • Giraffe bull 'Lengai', left, cuddles with Giraffe lady 'Limber', right, during warm temperatures in the Erfurt zoo, central Germany, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

  • Baby giraffe 'Dorle' stands in the enclosure at the zoo Friedrichsfelde in Berlin, on July 24, 2012. The calf 'Dorle' was born on July 2, 2012. AFP PHOTO / BRITTA PEDERSEN

  • A male giraffe calf Ng'ombe stands in front of his mother Nyiri at the zoo in Cologne, Germany, Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. Ng'ombe was born on Jan. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/dapd, Juergen Schwarz)

  • Giraffe sticks out his tongue at Dusit Zoo in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

  • The baby giraffe 'Dorle' (L) is nudged by giraffe 'Jule' at the zoo Friedrichsfelde in Berlin, on July 24, 2012. The calf 'Dorle' was born on July 2, 2012. AFP PHOTO / BRITTA PEDERSEN

  • BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 29: Jule, a baby Rothschild giraffe, runs in her enclosure at Tierpark Berlin zoo on June 29, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Jule was born at the zoo on June 10. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

  • BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 29: Jule, a baby Rothschild giraffe, munches on a branch in her enclosure at Tierpark zoo on June 29, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Jule was born at the zoo on June 10. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

  • A newborn calf is groomed by its mother Shahni at the giraffe section of the Zoo in Hanover, western Germany on June 14, 2012. The young Rothschild giraffe was born on June 5, 2012 weighing about 100 kg and being almost 2m tall. AFP PHOTO / JOCHEN LUEBKE

  • A giraffe grazes in the Nairobi National park on June 8, 2012, aproximately 7 kilometers south of the captal. AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA

  • DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20: A giraffe is seen at Taronga Western Plains Zoo on April 20, 2012 in Dubbo, Australia. The popular 35 year old Dubbo zoo is set in 3 square km of bushland and is home to over 700 animals. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

  • DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20: A giraffe is fed at Taronga Western Plains Zoo on April 20, 2012 in Dubbo, Australia. The popular 35 year old Dubbo zoo is set in 3 square km of bushland and is home to over 700 animals. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

  • HAMBURG, GERMANY - APRIL 18: A baby giraffe calf named Mugambi explores alongside his mother Etosha the compound at the Hagenbeck Zoo on April 18, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. The male calf was born on March 13 with a weight of 55 kilos. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

  • HAMBURG, GERMANY - APRIL 18: A baby giraffe calf named Mugambi explores alongside his mother Etosha the compound at the Hagenbeck Zoo on April 18, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. The male calf was born on March 13 with a weight of 55 kilos. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

  • HAMBURG, GERMANY - APRIL 18: A baby giraffe calf named Mugambi explores alongside his mother Etosha the compound at the Hagenbeck Zoo on April 18, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. The male calf was born on March 13 with a weight of 55 kilos. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

  • MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 11: A three day old new born giraffe stands indoors with its mother on April 11, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. Tatu, a Rothschildi Giraffe, gave birth on April 8 at the Zoo Aquarium of Madrid. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

  • A Masai giraffe peers into the camera at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden in Los Angeles on April 04, 2012. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR

  • A baby giraffe named Kimarie, only a few days old, stands next to her mother Marie in an enclosure at the 'ZOOM' Zoo in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany on March 12, 2012. The 170 cm tall baby giraffe was born 3 days ago. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

  • TO GO WITH AFP STORY 'Philippines-Africa-animal-tourism-offbeat,FEATURE' BY KARL MALAKUNAS In this photo taken on September 18, 2011 giraffes feed on grass at Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary in Calauit island, Busuanga province, western Philippines With a taste for tropical fruit and a reputation as thieves, a herd of giraffes on a remote Philippine island is one of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos's most intriguing legacies. The 20 giraffes, along with dozens of zebra and antelope, are descendants of a boatload of animals imported from Africa in the 1970s -- supposedly in a Noah's Ark-style effort to save them from extinction. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE

  • This photo taken on September 18, 2011 shows a caretaker at the Calauit island wildlife sanctuary feeding giraffes with tree leaves in Busuanga, Palawan province, in the western Philippines. Calauit island wildlife sanctuary covers 3,700 hectares and is home to endemic animals and African wildlife and was declared a game preserve and wildlife sanctuary in 1977 as the Philippines responded to an appeal by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to save endangered animals in Africa. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

  • This picture taken on August 21, 2011 shows a baby giraffe running in her enclosure at Tama Zoological Park in Tokyo . The baby giraffe was born on August 6 at the zoo. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI

  • A giraffe stands in its enclosure at the Duisburg Zoo on August 8, 2011 in Duisburg, western Germany. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

  • Rothschild giraffe female calfs Dorle, right, and Jule, background left, stand next to each other in the enclosure at "Tierpark" Zoo in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Dorle was born July 2, 2012, just 20 days after her half-sister Jule. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

  • Vincek, a 6 day old Rothschild giraffe, is presented to the media at Prague Zoo in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

  • This photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society shows, three giraffes romping around their outdoor habitat at the Brookfield Zoo, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 in Brookfield, Ill. With the weather in the Chicago area feeling more like spring, the giraffes were given access to their outdoor habitat today as temperatures rose into the 50's. (AP Photo/Chicago Zoological Society, Jim Schulz)

  • Giraffe

    Mature giraffes check cars for treats at Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach, Fla., Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. Lion Country Safari welcomed the birth of two giraffe calves last week, bringing the total count born up to 58. The two calves, born on Oct. 22 and Oct. 24, stood 6 feet 5 inches and 6 feet 1 inch at birth. They will be housed in the maternity pen for three months with their mothers. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Giraffe Fight Gets Wild

    Tourists encounter a giraffe fight on a safari in Tanzania.

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