The Number Of White Giraffes In The World Is Down To One After Poachers In Kenya Killed The Last Female And Her Calf
The world’s most unique giraffe and her little calf were slain by poachers this Tuesday in Kenya, exclaimed the conservationists. This event is a misfortune for the endemic animals found only in specific places of our planet.
The Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy pointed out that the armed poachers left only the skeletons of the two dead giraffes behind which were discovered in Garissa, eastern Kenya.
After these unfortunate deaths, now only one white giraffe remains alive – the son of the now slaughtered mother.
There was only one female white giraffe in the world and together with her young they have been slaughtered by poachers in Kenya
This unique giraffe was discovered first in 2017 together with her calf
Mohammed Ahmednoor, the manager of the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy said that nowhere else in the world has a white giraffe been seen except in this community.
He also said that the killing of the giraffe is a devastating thing to have happened for all the communities that conserve rare and unique animals in the world, and it should be an incentive to even further raise people’s awareness for conservation of unique species.
When first found, many people were fascinated by this white giraffe and even more so last year when the conservancy said two white calves have been born.
The white color of their fur is not due to albinism, but rather by a condition called leucism. This means they still have dark pigment in the soft tissue and you can see that in their dark eyes.
The day they found the dead bodies of the giraffes will always be remembered as a sad day for researchers and tourism in general in this part of Kenya.
Source/photos: Daily Mail