Poachers kill 2 of 3 unique white giraffes in Kenya
ANKARA: Armed poachers have killed two specimens of the extremely rare white giraffe — a female giraffe and her calf — in northeastern Kenya, according to local news reports.
The mother giraffe was found in a “skeletal state” after being killed by the poachers in northeastern Kenya’s Garissa county, Kenya-based daily The Star reported on Tuesday.
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.
Though in 2016, a white giraffe was reportedly sighted in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, no reports have since emerged on its fate and the Ishaqbini Hirola conservancy holds that the Kenyan bull is the last worldwide, according to the UK-based Daily Mail news website.
“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. – Anadolu Agency