A rare white giraffe is getting a tracking device after its family was killed by poachers. The giraffe lives in Kenya, in the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy.
According to the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy, this is the only white giraffe in the world.
A white female and her calf were killed by poachers in March 2020. This prompted the tracking device for the remaining giraffe and was cause for concern among the staff and conservation community. The GPS device was placed on the horn of the male and will provide hourly updates.
“We are thankful for the tremendous help from KWS, Save Giraffes Now and the Northern Rangelands Trust in furthering community efforts to safeguard wildlife species.
The giraffe’s grazing range has been blessed with good rains in the recent past and the abundant vegetation bodes well for the future of the white male,” says Ahmed Noor, Manager Ishaqbini Hirola Community.
Scientists echoed Noor’s sentiment. “I am happy to be part of this collaring exercise that will ensure real time monitoring in time and space as part of National Giraffe Strategy implementation,” says Geoffrey Bundotich, KWS Senior Scientist Eastern Conservation Area.
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This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 2 December 2020. Lead Image: Rangers fear the unique white skin of the giraffe may make the animal vulnerable to poachers – Ishaqbini Hirola Commenuity Conservancy.
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