Your opinions are important to us. Your email address is used only to let the recipient know who sent the email. We do not guarantee individual replies due to extremely high volume of correspondence. Poaching is prohibited in Kenya and poachers are likely to face a jail time, Ali wrote to CBS News. "This is the first time we ever saw white giraffes in Kenya although they have been reported elsewhere before like in Tanzania," Ali wrote in a message to CBS News. Kenya’s only female white giraffe and her calf have been killed by armed poachers, conservationists announced this week. A rare genetic trait called leucism causes the white color, and it makes the one surviving giraffe stand out dangerously for poachers in the arid savannah near the Somalia border. A rare white giraffe became even rarer this year. or. The white giraffe made headlines in 2017 after its discovery, with its unique white hide. First published on March 10, 2020 / 5:14 PM. Rare white giraffes in Kenya In 2017, rangers spotted two rare white giraffes in northeastern Kenya. Click here to sign in with FP Trending Nov 18, 2020 18:41:15 IST Governments and non-governmental organizations across the world take steps to protect endangered species or those whose numbers are … The Kenya Wildlife Society is investigating the killings. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission. Last white giraffe in the world fitted with a GPS tracking device to protect it from poachers as it roams the plains of Kenya A white giraffe at Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy in Ijara. The carcass of a female white giraffe and one of her babies were found by rangers in Kenya's Garissa County, according to conservationists. It is unclear who the poachers are and what their motive was. Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. In order to save these animals, they created a giraffe-safe barge to get them across to safe land. Thank you for taking your time to send in your valued opinion to Science X editors. The female giraffe birthed a male calf in 2017, the Wildlife Service said. Be in the know. It is thought to be the only remaining one in the world, the conservationists added. The only known white giraffe in the world has been fitted with a GPS tracking device to help protect it from poachers as it grazes in Kenya. Get weekly and/or daily updates delivered to your inbox. The only known white giraffe in the world has been fitted with a GPS tracking device to help protect it from poachers as it grazes in Kenya. Get the latest breaking news delivered straight to your inbox. Caitlin O'Kane is a digital content producer covering trending stories for CBS News and its good news brand, The Uplift. The content is provided for information purposes only. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no "This is a very sad day for the community of Ijara and Kenya as a whole," Ahmednoor said in a statement. Claim: Kenya\u2019s only female white giraffe and her calf were killed by poachers. The world's only known living white giraffe has been fitted with a GPS tracker to protect it from poachers in southeast Kenya. "We are the only community in the world who are custodians of the white giraffe.". The Kenya Wildlife Service, the main conservation body in Kenya, is currently investigating the killings. Kenyan conservationists have fitted the world's only remaining white giraffe with a GPS tracking device to protect the rare animal from poaching. A rare white giraffe and her baby were killed by poachers in Kenya, according to BBC News. Rare white giraffe in Kenya fitted with GPS tracker to combat poachers. 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. The information you enter will appear in your e-mail message and is not retained by Phys.org in any form. A promising therapeutic solution to COVID-19 - using ACE2 decoy, Regarding the Low Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Meme, Science X Daily and the Weekly Email Newsletter are free features that allow you to receive your favorite sci-tech news updates in your email inbox. Kenya’s only remaining and the world’s last known white giraffe at Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy in Ijara, Garissa County. [File, Standard]. People were introduced to the white giraffe for the first time in 2017, when it was found along with its calf by Kenya's Ishaqbini Conservancy. All rights reserved. The Kenya Wildlife Society, the main conservation body in the east-African country, said it was happy to assist in efforts to protect "unique wildlife like the only known white giraffe". Hirola noted in a blog post that this was the first time many of the community rangers had seen a white giraffe. Poachers have killed the only female white giraffe in Kenya and her calf at Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy in Ijara, Garissa County, eastern Kenya. “This is a very sad day for the community of Ijara and Kenya … Mystery illness puts over 300 in the hospital in southern India, U.K. grandmother, 90, gets the 1st dose of Pfizer's COVID vaccine, Scientist killed by satellite-controlled machine gun, Iran says, Breakdancing will make Olympic debut at 2024 Paris Games, California Privacy/Information We Collect. 'This is a dark day': A pair of rare white giraffes are dead in Kenya, likely killed by poachers. Poachers have since killed the mother, seen in this video, and her seven-month-old baby. The giraffes are white due to a rare condition called leucism, which causes skin cells to have no pigmentation, according to BBC News. Your feedback will go directly to Science X editors. Conservancy manager Mohammed Ahmednoor Tuesday said they only found skeletons of the rare animals after a long search. A third white giraffe is still alive – and it is believed to be the only one left in the entire world. You can unsubscribe at any time and we'll never share your details to third parties. © 2020 The Associated Press. Medical Xpress covers all medical research advances and health news, Tech Xplore covers the latest engineering, electronics and technology advances, Science X Network offers the most comprehensive sci-tech news coverage on the web. "The community is devastated by this loss and certainly saddened," he added. 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All Rights Reserved. A white female giraffe, thought to the last of its kind in the world, has been killed by poachers, conservationists in Kenya have announced. This document is subject to copyright. part may be reproduced without the written permission. March 10, 2020 / 5:14 PM So now, a conservation group is determined to keep an eye on him. There is only one white giraffe left in the world now. The white giraffe now stands alone after a female and her calf were killed by poachers in March, the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy said in a statement Tuesday. Kenya’s only female white giraffe and her calf have been killed by poachers, conservationists have said, in a major blow to conservation of the rare animals found nowhere else in the world. The conservancy has thanked the Kenya Wildlife Service along with the Northern Rangelands Trust and Save Giraffes Now for the help. Two extremely rare white giraffes were killed in northeastern Kenya apparently by poachers, the founder of the Hirola Conservation Program in Kenya, told CBS News. White giraffes are a rare sight in conservation parks in Kenya, but a mother and calf first spotted in 2017 had become a symbol of hope for the species. Earlier this week, two extremely rare and mesmerizingly white giraffes, a mother and calf, were killed by poachers in Kenya, leaving only one white giraffe… Now the GPS tracking device, attached to one of the giraffe's horns, will ping every hour to alert wildlife rangers to its location. 1-min read. Video of the animals was believed to be the first of its kind. A rare white giraffe and her calf in Kenya. The conservancy has thanked the Kenya Wildlife Service along with the Northern Rangelands Trust and Save Giraffes Now for the help. A third white giraffe is still alive. You can be assured our editors closely monitor every feedback sent and will take appropriate actions. The white giraffes were first spotted in 2016 and photographed in 2017, Abdullahi H. Ali, founder of the Hirola Conservation Program in Kenya, told CBS News. In 2017, a female and baby giraffe were sighted near the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in Kenya, their fur as white as snow. Conservationists, government officials, and local community members are banding together to pull off a rescue of eight giraffes stranded on a shrinking island in Kenya. Kenya’s only remaining, and the world’s last known, white giraffe has been fitted with a GPS tracking device at Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy in Ijara, Garissa county. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Privacy Policy Precisely how does Pfizer's Covid-19 mRNA vaccine work? The two white giraffes that died were last seen more than three months ago, Mohammed Ahmednoor, manager of the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy, which partners with the Hirola Conservation Program, told BBC News. The white giraffes were first spotted in 2016 and photographed in 2017, Abdullahi H. Ali, founder of the Hirola Conservation Program in Kenya, told CBS News. "We do not know when she was killed but probably a month ago or so.". and Terms of Use. Unlike albinism, animals with leucism continue to produce dark pigment in their soft tissue, thus her eyes were dark in colour. / CBS News. Rare white giraffes killed by poachers in Kenya: conservationists, Why giant pandas roll around in horse manure, Study: Prehistoric birds used touch-sensing organs in their beaks to find food, Nanoelectromechanical tags for tamper-proof product identification and authentication, Elementary particles part ways with their properties, Observations investigate the neutrino emitting blazar TXS 0506+056. Google Maps. "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," Ahmednoor's statement continued. But despite its singular status, the lonely male doesn't have a name. It is white but not albino, because of a condition known as leucism. NAIROBI, Kenya — The only known white giraffe in the world has been fitted with a GPS tracking device to help protect it from poachers as it grazes in Kenya.