With this new discovery, a new problem emerges out of the gene pool. Since giraffes are now split up as 4 different species, it can be determined that they can not interbreed with each other. This definitely causes more problems than it solves. Since the giraffe population was already depleting, this new discovery takes the relatively small 90,000 giraffes left and splits it into 4 pieces. This makes the conservation of the various giraffe species much more important than it was before, with only 4,750 of these being the northern giraffe.
Honestly, the fact that it took us this long to discover that the different coat patterns in giraffes actually represented different species is astounding. It is almost humorous the way it was just overlooked. But on a less humorous note, it is pretty bad that they are all not the same species, since their populations have been decreasing. It is estimated that there are only 4,750 northern giraffes left, which is a huge difference compared to just saying there are about 90,000 giraffes left. I think it should be made a bigger importance to keeping the different species all out of the endangered zone, as they are all slowly creeping that way.