Poachers killed Kenya’s only female white giraffe and her calf. Netizens expressed their anger on Wednesday as news of poachers killing Kenya’s only female white giraffe and her calf surfaced online.
‘The carcass of the two giraffes were found in a skeletal state after being killed by armed poachers in Garissa in eastern Kenya’, the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy said.
“Their deaths leave one surviving white giraffe – a lone male borne by the same slaughtered female. We are the only community in the world who are custodians of the white giraffe,” said Mohammed Ahmednoor, the manager of the conservancy.
Its killing has saddened the efforts taken by the community to conserve rare and unique species, and a warning to take more efforts towards the security of these species.
Their deaths are now regarded as a “sad day” and a major loss for researchers and tourism providers working in the remote corner of Kenya.
Hirola Community Conservancy twitter post
The white female and baby giraffe were first spotted on a reserve in Kenya in early August by rangers at the Hirola Conservation Program. The video posted by them on YouTube had skyrocketed in popularity as viewers were amazed over the rarity of seeing the pale animal. This also led many to question about revealing this rare breed and its location, leading to the danger of being hunted by poachers.
Following the birth of a white giraffe in their refuge, the Tarangire National Park took care to ensure the giraffe was safe from poachers.
While many have been quick to label the giraffe as albino, it likely suffers from a genetic condition called leucism, which inhibits skin cells from producing pigment but allows other organs, like eyes, to be dark colored.
The condition, while rare, is not unheard of. It was last seen in a giraffe calf at Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park. More than half of all giraffes don’t make it past six months of age, according to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. They’re targeted by predators such as lions and hyenas.
As the news surfaced on the social media, IFS officer Parveen Kaswan shared a video that shows the rare breed roaming around the jungle.
Many grieved after watching the video which showed the magnificent beauty of these animals.
The white giraffe made headlines in 2017 after its discovery, with its unique white hide. With their elongated necks and bright bodies, it’s hard to miss a white giraffe, especially when there are two.