After the death of the giraffe and the calf, there is only one more white giraffe - a male - left in the country, according to the conservation center.
A rare white giraffe and her calf had died in Kenya after the adult was killed by local poachers and the calf was left to starve, according to Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy, reports People. Garissa County conservation center confirmed the deaths of the giraffe and the calf in a press release on Tuesday. It was revealed that the body of the mother giraffe was found by rangers “in a skeletal state after being killed by poachers.” “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,” Mohammed Ahmednoor, the manager of Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy, said in a statement.
“Its killing is a blow to tremendous steps taken by the community to conserve rare and unique species, and a wake up call for continued support to conservation efforts.” Newsweek reports that according to officials the calf is said to have died of starvation after its mother was killed by poachers. After the death of the giraffe and the calf, there is only one more white giraffe - a male - left in the country, according to the conservation center. “This is a long term loss given that genetics studies and research, which were [a] significant investment into the area by researchers, has now gone to the drain,” Ahmednoor added. “Further to this, the white giraffe was a big boost to tourism in the area.”
Kenya's only female white giraffe and her calf have been killed by poachers, conservationists said on Tuesday, in a major blow for the rare animals found nowhere else in the world. https://t.co/wYoIn2PNUK— SBS News (@SBSNews) March 10, 2020
The white giraffes aren't albinos. They get their color from a condition called leucism that continues to produce dark pigments in the animal's soft tissue, unlike albinism. This trait is why the mother and the calf had dark eyes instead of the red ones generally seen in animals. National Geographic, in a video, revealed that these giraffes, because of their color and lack of camouflage, made them potentially vulnerable to predators. The rare giraffes were first discovered in 2017. A villager who lives near the conservatory reported the sighting of these white giraffes to a ranger.
‘It’s sad day for the community of Ijara and Kenya as a whole. Her killing is a blow to the steps taken by the community to conserve rare unique species.’💔😔@Protect_Wldlife @_AnimalAdvocate @RobRobbEdwards @animal_leaks @Ivy_MiddletonUK @zbleumoon https://t.co/IcrycYjulw— Xpose Trophy Hunting (@XposeTrophyHunt) March 10, 2020
“Nature is always stunning and continues to surprise humanity! These rare snow-white giraffes shocked many locals including myself but these gave us renewed energy to protect and save our unique wildlife,” Dr. Abdullahi Ali, Hirola Conservation Programme director and founder, said at the time. “I am positive these rare giraffes will change the perception of outsiders regarding northeastern Kenya in which many people have negative perceptions.” The news of the dead giraffes left people heartbroken all over the world.
I can’t stand these posts . I hate to hear about the animal violence. I do what I can to help but this is so terrible.— Jenni B (@Jennib2683) March 11, 2020
Lisa Lenz-Drzik wrote on Facebook: I will never understand the level of hate and evil in this world. I just want to scream, WHY, WHY did they have to kill such a special and beautiful animal and ultimately her baby. This is beyond a senseless loss. I pray they are found and prosecuted for their crimes. This just breaks my heart. Roselynne Lopez added: There's no end to other human's evilness. They prey on helpless animals ever since, but God made it so for other animals to have deadly viruses to avenge themselves somehow. Sad that it's now wreaking havoc and leaving deaths around the world though.
Do the same to the poachers, broadcast it live ppv, and donate all the proceeds to animal welfare funds ❤❤❤❤❤❤💙🙏RIP beautiful babies may you rest peacefully in paradise— Cee (@Owlallowit) March 11, 2020
Tammy Lynn Elliott wrote: And this is why animals are disappearing because of these people. there is no words to say about this. these people have no heart at all only dollar signs and greed in their eyes. this needs to stop. Rossett Jackson added: The media is the cause of their death. You are too quick to showcase them everywhere and online... without thinking of the complication and endangering their life. Now learn from this, Don't be fast to spread online news of unique, rare, and any last species animal. Before you start doing that, ensure you've made good arrangements for their safety. So Sad. They are too unique not to be kept somewhere safe and secure.
The rare and dazzling white giraffe and her calf in Ijara, Garissa County were killed. Some say alShabab killed it for the game meat, others say a neighbouring community from Tana River killed it over conservancy funds brawl. Either way, it's heart-rending that they are no more! pic.twitter.com/pHAPgn1qCo— 𝗔𝗹𝗶 𝗔𝘄𝗗𝗼𝗹𝗹 (@AwDoll) March 8, 2020