Rare White Giraffes Killed in Kenya
Sat, April 10, 2021

Rare White Giraffes Killed in Kenya

 

The African Wildlife Foundation reported that the number of giraffes in the wild has severely declined by at least 40% over the past decades. Experts called this rapid decline a “silent extinction,” which is mainly caused by rampant trophy hunting. As of now, there are only more than 62,000 adult giraffes estimated to be living in the wild. 

 

Credits: All That’s Interesting

 

About three years ago, the world was surprised when a local villager spotted white giraffes, a mother and calf, grazing together at the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy (IHCC) in northeastern Kenya. Seeing this breed is extremely rare. Reports show that they have only been found in two places: the IHCC and the Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. Experts explained that the white giraffes’ pattern-less coat is a pigmentation-inhibiting genetic condition called leucism -- a condition which doesn’t necessarily result in a full loss of pigmentation just like albinism. 

 

Credits: All That’s Interesting

 

The white giraffes are of utmost importance not only for the conservation of the breed but also to the research community. Thus, conservators at the IHCC grew concerned when they noticed that they had not spotted the small unit of rare white giraffes that were living in the sanctuary. Authorities later found the dead bodies of the only known white giraffes. According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, the condition in which the two carcasses were found suggests that the animals had likely died about four months ago. 

 

Credits: Malay Mail

 

“Its killing is a blow to the tremendous steps taken by the community to conserve rare and unique species, and a wake-up call for continued support to conservation efforts. We [residents of Ijara] are the only community in the world who are custodians of the white giraffe,” Mohammed Ahmednoor, the manager of IHCC, said in a statement. 

 

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