Sad day for conservationists as Poachers kill a rare white giraffe in Garissa

Its such as a sad day for conservationist as Poachers have gunned down and killed the only female white giraffe in Kenya and her calf at Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy in Garissa County.

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

Conservancy manager Mohammed Ahmednoor in his statement said that they only found skeletons of the rare animals after a long search.

In 2017, the rare white giraffe put a remote community conservancy in Ijara, Garissa and Kenya on the global map after it was discovered, and has always been among the main attraction for tourists in the area

Scientists believe the White giraffe suffers from a genetic condition called leucism, which inhibits skin cells from producing pigment.

“This is a long-term loss given that genetic studies and research which were a significant investment in the area have now gone down the drain.” Added Mr. Ahmednoor.

Last August, the Northern Rangelands Trust announced that female white giraffe has given birth at the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy. The birth of the male white calf brought to three the number of all known white giraffes in the country.

“After this incident, only a lone bull remains,” Mr Ahmednoor said.

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