Poachers kill rare white giraffe in Kenya

Katie Ramirez
March 11, 2020

The white giraffe stirred huge interest in 2017 when she was first spotted on the conservancy and again when she birthed two calves, the latest in August a year ago. "We are the only community in the world who are custodians of the white giraffe", Mr Ahmednoor said in a statement.

"The organisation is working closely with local communities and local authorities to ensure that isolating poaching incidents would be terminated".

The white giraffe is one of the world's rarest mammals. There is only one white giraffe left in the world now.

According to conservation group Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy, the bodies of the two animals were found in Garissa, eastern Kenya.

The two white giraffes that died were last seen more than three months ago, Mohammed Ahmednoor, manager of the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy, which partners with the Hirola Conservation Program, told BBC News.

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The Kenyan Wildlife Service is investigating the killings.

The rare giraffes were first discovered in 2017 after a villager living adjacent to the conservatory reported its sighting to a ranger.

The poachers have not yet been identified, and their motive is still unclear.

"This is a long term loss given that genetics studies and research which were significant investment into the area by researchers has now gone down the drain".

According to images sent in by the community, the giraffe was in a skeletal state after being butchered by armed poachers. White giraffes are an extremely rare occurrence in nature, and they owe their appearances to a condition called leucism, which causes skin cells to have no pigmentation. "Also, the white giraffe was a big boost to tourism in the area".

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