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Kenya’s only female white giraffe and calf killed in Garissa

By Caroline Chebet | March 10th 2020 at 06:58:01 GMT +0300

Kenya’s only female white giraffe and her calf have been confirmed dead.

Kenya’s only female white giraffe and her calf have been confirmed dead at Ishaqbini Hirola Community conservancy in Ijara, Garissa County.
 
The giraffes were killed by poachers, according to community members and rangers of Ishaqbini Hirola.
 
Images sent by the community shows the giraffe was in a skeletal state.
 
Her calf was the second birth reported in August last year, resulting in a family of three white giraffes. 
 
Following the incident, a lone bull remains.
 
“This is a very sad day for the community of Ijara and Kenya as a whole. We are the only community in the world who are custodians of the white giraffe. Its killing is a blow to tremendous steps by the community to conserve rare and unique species," said Mohamed Ahmednoor, the manager of Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy.
 
The white giraffe made headlines in 2017 after its discovery, with its unique white hide. 
 
The giraffe had a rare condition known as leucism and did not suffer albinism. 
 
Unlike albinism, animals with leucism produce dark pigment in their soft tissue, making their eyes dark in color.
 
“This is a long term loss given that genetics studies and research which were significant investment into the area by researchers has now gone down the drain. Further to this the white giraffe was a big boost to tourism," Ahmednoor added in a statement.

Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy Garissa
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