Health Editor’s Note: Humans are such a disappointment. I sincerely hope they find who did this….Carol
Two Rare White Giraffes Killed by Poachers in Kenya
by Brigit Katz/Smithsonianmag.com
In 2017, a female and baby giraffe were sighted near the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in Kenya, their fur as white as snow. The mother gave birth to a second white-colored calf last year, fuelling public fascination with these rare, spot-less creatures. But now, according to Abdi Latif Dahir and Neil Vigdor of the New York Times, tragedy has struck: the female and her seven-month-old calf are dead, reportedly killed by poachers.
Writing on Twitter, the Kenya Wildlife Service said that it began investigating the fates of the giraffes after the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy reached out to say that the female and her second baby had not been seen for a period of time. Teams on the ground identified bones that they believe belong to the missing giraffes. The remains appear to be four months old. The mother giraffe’s first offspring, a bull, is still alive, the Times reports.
“This is a very sad day for the community of Ijara and Kenya as a whole,” said Mohammed Ahmednoor, manager of the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy, which confirmed the deaths in a statement. “We are the only community in the world who are custodians of the white giraffe.”