An extremely rare white giraffe is fitted with a tracking device to protect her after her family is killed by poachers.
The giraffe lives at the Ishakabini Hirola Conservancy in southeast Kenya and has a rare genetic condition called leukism that causes partial loss of pigmentation in its skin. The Northern Rangelands Trust said in a statement on Tuesday, it was fitted with a tracking device on one of its horns on 8 November.
The trust says that it is the only white giraffe in the world, though another was seen in 2015 in Tanzania.
The device will send hourly updates to the animal’s whereabouts, so rangers can monitor its movements on a daily basis and keep it safe from predators.
Unusual colouration makes predators in the forest dangerously vulnerable.
The trust’s two other white giraffes, a female and her calf, were killed by poachers in March, Faith said, and concerns are growing for the remaining animal.
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These three white giraffes were “a huge source of pride in the Ishakabini community” and became international headlines over the years.
“The grazing range of the giraffe has been blessed with a good future in recent times with a good rainfall and abundant vegetation,” said Ahmed Noor, manager of Ishakabini Hiroli Community Conservation.
Giraffes are the tallest mammals in the world, reaching a height of over 18 feet.
The African Wildlife Foundation estimates that the species has lost 40 percent of its population in just 30 years, and recent reports suggest illegal poaching and wildlife trafficking are contributing to this decline.
The Foundation said that there are more than 68,000 giraffes in the world. The International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies the species as vulnerable.