Nairobi: A white female giraffe and her calf, believed to the last of its kind in the world, has been killed by poachers, in a wildlife sanctuary in eastern Kenya. Rangers at the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy on Tuesday confirmed the news and said that the remains of two stunning white giraffes that lived at a Kenyan wildlife sanctuary were found in a skeletal state. Also Read - Drunk Man Climbs And Rides on Giraffe in Kazakhstan Zoo, Watch What Happens Next
The statement also added the animals had been killed by armed poachers. Also Read - Leucistic Rare White Giraffes Captured On Video For The First Time Ever In Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy In Kenya
The Kenya Wildlife Service was called to the reserve to investigate after the said giraffes had gone missing.
“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 giraffes,” Mohammed Ahmednoor, manager of the reserve in Garissa County, Kenya, said in a press release.
The conservationists described the killing as “a blow to tremendous steps taken by the community to conserve rare and unique species,” as well as “a wake-up call for continued support to conservation efforts.”
Notably, after the twin deaths, only one white giraffe left is a lone male borne by the same slaughtered female.
These giraffes inherited their bright white coat from a condition known as leucism that inhibits pigmentation in some skin cells.
(With Agency inputs)