Rare white giraffes killed by poachers in Kenya

Kenya's ONLY Female White Giraffe & Her Baby Were Killed By Poachers Leaving 1 Left In The World- WORLD OF BUZZ 2

The manager of such an animal protection organization, Mohammad Ahmad, said it was a very sad day for the Kenyan community.

Unlike albino animals, those with leucism continue to produce darker pigments in their soft tissue.

Two rare white giraffes, a mother and her calf, were killed by poachers in Kenya, a conservation group said.

The condition leucism, which leads to the white colour of these giraffes, is different from albinism, because of which animals lack melanin throughout their body.

The remaining bull is in the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy and is believed to be the last remaining specimen of its kind, according to the newspaper. White giraffes are extremely rare species found nowhere else in the world. A second sighting was reported in March 2016 in Ishaqbini conservancy in Garissa county, Kenya.

Giraffes have been declared "vulnerable" to extinction - through poaching and lost habitat - on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List of endangered species.

White giraffes are rare but not unique.

While conservation efforts in Kenya have improved, the country has struggled for decades to contain the threat to its wildlife population, a much-needed source of tourist income. The condition is rare among giraffes; in addition to the trio in Kenya, only one other white giraffe has been observed in Tanzania's Tarangire National Park.

What happened to that giraffe is unknown.

A 2nd calf bone complied with, and also the household of 3 lived a free-ranging life within the boundaries of the sanctuary, where they created a great deal of rate of interest from vacationers worldwide.

It gave birth to a male white calf in August 2019 thereby bringing to three the total number of known white giraffes in Kenya.

"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", Ahmednoor said.

The white giraffe and her calf.



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