The only white giraffe has been killed by poachers, according to conservationists in Kenya, who explained that after the death of its mother and sister at the hands of other hunters, this last specimen carried a GPS, according to the Diario de Sevilla.
It inhabited the Ishaqbini Hirola Reserve, a wild conservation area in southeastern Kenya on the edge of the Tana River, home to hundreds of birds, mammals, and the famous Hunter’s antelope, a critically endangered species.
In 2016, the reserve became a popular tourist destination due to the discovery of three specimens of white giraffes (a female and her two calves).
In March 2020, the mother and one of the babies were murdered;
Local residents found their skeletons months later on the reservation. Its striking color is due to leucism, a genetic condition that alters the production of melanin and therefore causes the pigmentation of the skin to acquire a white tone.
Unlike albinism, leucism does not cause sensitivity to sunlight, nor does it cause a change in eye color.
This family of giraffes was first seen in Garissa County and made a huge splash worldwide for its beauty and uniqueness. This is precisely why the Kenya Wildlife Service began investigating the disappearance after the animals were not seen for several weeks.
“This is a very sad day for the Ijara community (reserve area) and for all of Kenya,” said Mohammed Ahmednoor, manager of this reserve. “We are the only community in the world that guarded white giraffes,” said the manager.
Ahmednoor described the killing of the giraffes as “a blow to the important steps taken by the community to conserve rare and unique species and a wake-up call to continue supporting conservation efforts.”
The boundless greed and wickedness of some people will never cease to amaze us. We absolutely condemn this murder, as well as any other animal on this planet.
And I mean…The death of these two giraffes in March 2020 is a symptom of a much larger phenomenon. Since the mid-1980s, the entire population has decreased by up to 40 percent.
Of the reticulated giraffes, only an estimated 8500 animals live in the wild in Kenya. In Ethiopia and Somalia, only a few hundred are likely to be added.
Giraffes have been the focus of poachers for a number of years. Because of their size and behavior, they are easy prey for illegal hunters. They are shot as bushmeat.
Giraffes are also sought after by charlatan miracle healers who sell the myth that bone marrow and brain are supposed to help fight HIV / AIDS.
The skins and tail hair are also popular.
The last white copy was probably particularly popular because of its very unusual appearance.
And when a rich American, Spaniard, or German has paid $ 50,000 for their murder, every poacher clears the way and makes it easy for the client.
Only the death penalty for poachers might help save the last specimens of endangered wildlife.
My best regards to all, Venus