Rare white giraffes killed by poachers in Kenya

Poachers killed two rare white giraffes an adult and her calf in Kenya conservationists announced Tuesday. Image Screenshot

Poachers killed two rare white giraffes an adult and her calf in Kenya conservationists announced Tuesday. Image Screenshot

The carcasses of a mother and her seven-month-old calf, reportedly born in August a year ago, were found in a near-skeletal state by Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy rangers in a village in eastern Garissa county.

The bodies of a female giraffe and her calf were found in a village in north-eastern Kenya, the BBC reports.

Meanwhile, Twitterati erupted in anger on Wednesday as news of poachers killing Kenya's only female white giraffe and her calf surfaced.

This has been confirmed by the Conservancy manager Mohammed Ahmednoor. "This is a dark day not only to the conservation community but also to all the Kenyans who took pride in the existence of this unique species".

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The white giraffes' unique color was a result of a condition called leucism, which - unlike albinism - continue to produce dark pigments in the animal's soft tissue.

According to images sent in by the community, the giraffe was in a skeletal state after being butchered by armed poachers.

In 2017, the news of the presence of the white giraffe in Kenya made headlines across the world, with various people marvelling at its sight.

The white giraffe grabbed national and global headlines in 2017 after its discovery due ti its unique white hide.

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The poachers have not yet been identified, and their motive is still unclear.

The adult giraffe was the only known female of her colour, according to the park.

Only one white reticulated giraffe - a young bull - is thought to be alive today.

A post from the Hirola Conservation Programme at the time commented that the animals "were so close and extremely calm and seemed not disturbed by our presence".

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The population in Africa has declined by about 40 per cent in the past three decades, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The main threats to their survival are loss of habitat (due to human activities) and poaching.

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