Kenya’s only white female giraffe and her calf killed by poachers at the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy in Kenya. White giraffe in Kenya killed.
White female giraffe and calf killed by poachers in Kenya.
Poaching of wild animals in one of the main challenges facing wildlife reserves and conservancies in Kenya for over 5 decades now. According to latest news, Kenya’s only white female giraffe and her calf have been killed by poachers. The incident occurred at the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy, Garissa County.
Apparently, the occurrence of the deaths was ratified by the inhabitants of the area and the wildlife rangers. As a proof, several images were sent to the conservation team by the residents of Ishaqbini Hirola area. As such, there is only one white giraffe remaining in the world.
Below is a statement from Mohammed Ahmednoor, the manager of Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy.
“This is a very 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. Its killing is a blow to tremendous steps taken by the community to conserve rare and unique species and a wakeup call for continued support to conservation efforts.”
“This is a long term loss given that genetics studies and research which were significant investment into the area by researchers, has now gone to the drain. Further to this, the white giraffe was a big boost to tourism in the area,” Mohammed Ahmednoor amplified.
Its good to note that the news about the only white giraffe in Kenya topped the news headlines globally between 2018 and 2020.
Lastly, the state of an animal like a giraffe having a white colour is called leucism. This is because of the state in which an animal lacks melanin in it’s whole body unlike albisism. Certainly, leucism leads to unjust colouring on some parts of the body like the feathers, scales or the skin, but not on the eyes.
We shall keep you posted on the same page about the white female giraffe and calf that were killed by poachers in Kenya.