Rare & unique white skin giraffe and her calf killed in Kenya
Rare and unique white skin giraffe and her calf have been killed by poachers in north-eastern Kenya.
The Northern Rangelands Trust (@NRT_Kenya) shared the news on their Twitter handle along with a release.
The caption said, “SAD NEWS: @IshaqbiniHirola Community Conservancy, Garissa County loses two famous white giraffes to poachers.”
SAD NEWS😢: @IshaqbiniHirola Community Conservancy, Garissa County loses two famous white giraffes to poachers.
— @nrt_kenya (@NRT_Kenya) March 10, 2020
The two killed giraffes were last spotted more than three months ago. “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,” The manager of the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy, Mohammed Ahmednoor said in a statement.
The statement added that third white giraffe is still alive. It is thought to be the only remaining one in the world
“Its killing is a blow to the tremendous steps taken by the community to conserve rare and unique species and a wake-up call for continued support to conservation efforts,” he added.
The Kenya Wildlife Service also took to their Twitter and wrote, “We are investigating reports of the deaths of a white Giraffe and a calf in Ishaqbini Conservancy in Garissa County. Our teams on the ground have seen bones believed to be those of the two giraffes. The bones are estimated to be four months old.”
The management of the conservancy informed us of the missing giraffe and calf after failing to see them for a period of time.
We wish to inform the public that we work closely with all community managed conservancies in protecting wildlife.
— KWS (@kwskenya) March 10, 2020
After the news surfaces anger erupted on social media. one user wrote “That’s serious. You’ve failed me. You let such important giraffes out of sight for that long, without security. I remember when I was growing up there was the elephant Ahmed. It was under 24 hrs security. Am sad.”
When the mother and calf were first spotted, I sent a tweet to you guys asking if you’ll ensure their safety…you replied in affirmation… Sasa ona!
— Gracie (@GMwanjalla) March 10, 2020
Why do you invest much in investigating when already the life of an animal or bird already lost? Think of the migratory but the died just the other day, now this rear Giraffe with its calf, rhinos etc. Surely are we committed towards sustaining our wildlife?
— #AgapewildAdventures (@AgapetusWamalwa) March 10, 2020
Such unique creatures can’t disappear without knowledge of the conservancy. What were they conserving if such a gem can disappear for 4 months without their knowledge. Theg didn’t have tracker in them?
— Hon Onyango Ongoya (@OnyangoOngoya) March 11, 2020
It’s a joke 4 months ago and it was discovered today,some is sleeping on his job
— macharia kanyi (@kanyim6) March 10, 2020
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