Poachers kill rare white giraffe in Kenya

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The white giraffe grazing at the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in Garissa County. FILE PHOTO | COURTESY | ISHQBINI HIROLA CONSERVANCY  

In Summary

  • The giraffe, described as one of a kind and believed to be the only one in the world, dazzled the local community, scientists and wildlife enthusiasts globally.
  • Scientists believed it suffered from a genetic condition called leucism which inhibits skin cells from producing pigment.

By KENNEDY KIMANTHI
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Poachers have killed the only female white giraffe in Kenya and her calf at Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy in Ijara, Garissa County, eastern Kenya.

Conservancy manager Mohammed Ahmednoor Tuesday said they only found skeletons of the rare animals after a long search.

“This is a very sad day for the community of Ijara and Kenya as a whole. Her killing is a blow to the steps taken by the community to conserve rare and unique species, and a wake-up call for continued support to conservation efforts,” said Mr Ahmednoor in a statement.

In 2017, the rare white giraffe put a remote community conservancy in Ijara, Garissa, on the global map after its discovery.

The giraffe, described as one of a kind and believed to be the only one in the world, dazzled the local community, scientists and wildlife enthusiasts globally.

Scientists believed it suffered from a genetic condition called leucism which inhibits skin cells from producing pigment.

theeastafrican.co.ke

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