Kenya’s only female white giraffe and her calf are slaughtered by Poacher's conservationists.
In a major blow for the rare animals found nowhere else in the world, bodies of two rare giraffes were discovered in a skeletal state after being killed by Poachers in Garissa, Eastern Kenya.
The incidents left just one remaining white calf alive – a lone male born by the same killed female.
‘This is a sad day for the community of Ijara and Kenya as a whole. We are the only community in the world who are custodians of the white giraffe.’ Mohammed Ahmednoor, Manager of Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy said in a release.
Kenya’s only female white giraffe and her calf slaughtered by Poachers conservationists
‘Its killing is a blow to the incredible steps taken by the community to conserve rare and unique species. It’s also a wakeup call for continuous support to conservation hard work. Mohammed added.
He continued: ‘This is a long-term loss given the genetic studies and research which were essential investment to the area by researchers has now gone into waste. Further to this, the white giraffe was a big boost to tourism.’
In particular, the white giraffe encouraged huge interest in 2017 when she was first spotted in the conservancy and again when she birthed her two calves in August 2019.
Their alabaster color is caused by a condition known as Leucism and not albinism – the condition means they continue to produce dark pigments in their soft tissues, giving them dark eyes.
Nevertheless, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation says the total figure of giraffes in Africa has drastically dropped by 30% since the 1980s in some areas.