A white female giraffe, thought to the last of its kind in the world, has been killed by poachers, conservationists in Kenya have announced. You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. The killings have been called "a blow to the tremendous steps taken to conserve a unique species". They are severely threatened by deforestation and poaching, Half of the rainforest of the Democratic Republic of Congo in which these gorillas live has been destroyed the past 50 years. Rare white giraffes in Kenya In 2017, rangers spotted two rare white giraffes in northeastern Kenya. Kenya’s only living female white giraffe and her calf died after the adult giraffe was killed by local poachers, according to Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy. Kenya’s only female white giraffe and her calf have been killed by armed poachers, conservationists announced this week. Experts from the Kenya Wildlife Society are now investigating the shocking slaughter. The rare giraffes were discovered in 2016. Only 80 are known to be living today. American hunter defends killing giraffe 03:43 An American hunter is pushing back against her critics, after photos of her next to a giraffe she killed in South Africa triggered outrage. The condition is different from albinism which prevents any melanin from being produced in cells at all. 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. Source: Hirola Conservation Group Two rare white giraffes have been killed by poachers at a Kenyan wildlife sanctuary. NAIROBI, KENYA -- Kenya's only female white giraffe and her calf have been killed by poachers, conservationists said Tuesday, in a major blow for the rare animals found nowhere else in the world. This has been confirmed by the Conservancy manager Mohammed Ahmednoor. View our online Press Pack. An extremely rare white female giraffe has been killed by poachers in Kenya, along with her calf. Today it is found only in the island's north and its population stands at 14,613, Though it is the most populous of all gorilla subspecies, the western lowland gorilla is still critically endangered and its population has declined by 60% in the last quarter century, The Sumatran rhinoceros is the smallest of the surviving rhinoceros species. POACHERS in east Africa have slaughtered the only female white giraffe left in the world. Earth’s last known white giraffe has a new protector. The last male Sumatran rhino in Malaysia died on 28 May 2019, There are fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers left today. A third white giraffe - a lone male borne by the same slaughtered female - is … The first reports of a white giraffe in the wild were reported in January 2016 in Tanzania. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. The white giraffes were first seen in Kenya in March 2016, but the family made headlines in 2017 after their distinctive hide was photographed. The ultra-rare animal was killed alongside her young calf inside a Kenyan nature reserve. The Kenya Wildlife Service was called to investigate the disappearance after the animals had been seen for several weeks. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Rangers have confirmed they found the carcasses in a village in Garissa County. The death of the white giraffe, who’s alabaster color is caused by leucism, a condition that only produces dark pigments on soft tissues, has left the community of Ijara, Kenya saddened. The rare giraffes had been living at the Kenyan wildlife sanctuary. Playstation 5 back IN STOCK at Argos, Game, Currys, Smyths & Very, Matt Hancock cries in GMB vaccine interview & says 'I'm proud to be British', ITV rapped by Ofcom after viewers entered competitions with no chance of winning, Mum murdered toddler daughter & left her screaming in pain as she covered tracks, The 4 areas at risk of going into Tier 3 lockdown next week despite vaccine joy, ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. After the killing of the mother and calf, only one white giraffe, a lone bull, remains. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. In a statement released by Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy, it was gathered that the bodies of the two giraffes were found “in a skeletal state after being killed by armed poachers” in Garissa in eastern Kenya. They are threatened by black market poachers who kill them for their shell, The population of the black rhino dropped by 98% in the years 1960-1995 due to poaching, it stands today at around 5000, The population of the Cross River gorilla has been damaged by deforestation and poaching, it now stands at 200-300, The population of the Bornean orangutan has been reduced by over 50% in the past 60 years, now standing at around 104,700. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. Rare white giraffe, ... "We are the only community in the world who are custodians of the white giraffe. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. The Northern Rangelands Trust (@NRT_Kenya) shared the news on their Twitter handle along with a release. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Last white giraffe in the world fitted with a GPS tracking device to protect it from poachers as it roams the plains of Kenya The only female white giraffe in the world and her calf have been killed by poachers in northeastern Kenya. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Mohammed Ahmednoor, the manager of the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy, where the … A second sighting was then reported in two months later in the Ishaqbini conservancy in Kenya. POACHERS in east Africa have slaughtered the only female white giraffe left in the world. Scientists consider the tiger to be "functionally extinct" as one has not been sighted for over 25 years, The Sumatran orangutan was once found across the island of Sumatra and even further south on Java. Mr Ahmednoor described the killing of the giraffes as a “blow to tremendous steps taken by the community to conserve rare and unique species and a wake-up call for continued support to conservation efforts.”. The mother her and calf were found in a "skeletal state", and were thought to have died at least four months ago, Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy said in a statement. The statement added the animals had been killed by armed poachers. A male white giraffe is still alive and is believed to be the only one of its kind left on the planet. "Further to this, the white giraffe was a big boost to tourism in the area.". A photo of the rare white giraffe and its calf taken in May 2017 in Kenya’s Garissa county. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. The Kenya Wildlife Society, the main conservation body in the East African state, said it was investigating the killings. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click this link: thesun.co.uk/editorial-complaints/, Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, The mother and calf were killed at a nature reserve in Kenya, The poachers have not yet been identified by wildlife rangers, Their unusual appearance is due to a condition called leucism, The slaughtered giraffe, pictured above, was first spotted in 2017, Rare white giraffe's spotted by conservation rangers in Garissa County, Kenya. The Sumatran elephant population now stands at only 2400-2800, Endemic to China's Yangtze River, the Yangtze finless porpoise has an estimated population of 1000-1800, When discovered in the 1950s, the South China tiger population was estimated to be 4000, by 1996 it was estimated to be only 30-80. Endemic to the far east of Russia, the Amur Leopard has a population of around 84 and is critically endangered. There were 17,000 Eastern Lowland gorillas in the 1990s but scientists estimate their population has declined by over 50% since then, The world's rarest marine animal has a population of only 30. 40 percent of the giraffe population has been lost in just 30 years, with poaching and wildlife trafficking are contributing to this decline, according to the Africa Wildlife Foundation. The mother and calf were found in a "skeletal state" conservationists said, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. Others describe them as "a wake-up call for continued support to conservation efforts". Kenya’s only female white giraffe and her calf have been killed by poachers at Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy, Garissa county. For other inquiries, Contact Us. Here follows every species that the WWF lists as critically endangered. community in the world who are custodians of the white giraffe. Their appearance is due to a condition called leucism, which causes skin cells to have no pigmentation. Its killing is a blow to tremendous steps taken by the community to conserve rare and unique species and a wakeup call for continued support to conservation efforts,” said Mohammed Ahmednoor the manager of IshaqbiniHirola Conservancy where the giraffe was endemic. The giraffes lived in an unfenced conservancy Two extremely rare white giraffes have been killed by poachers in north-eastern Kenya, conservationists say. oachers have killed two extremely rare white giraffes in Kenya, conservationists have confirmed. Its killing is a blow to tremendous steps taken by the community to conserve rare and unique species and a wakeup call for continued support to conservation efforts,” said Mohammed. Scientists have only sighted saola in the wild four times and it is considered critically endangered, The Malayan Tiger population now stands at only 250-300, The population of the Hawksbill Turtle has declined by more than 80% in the last century. We are the only community in the world who are custodians of white giraffe. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. A white female giraffe, thought to the last of its kind in the world, has been killed by poachers, conservationists in Kenya have announced. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. "We are the only community in the world who are custodians of the white giraffes.". The little giraffe family rose to prominence when they were photographed in 2017 in the free-range area where they lived.. Ishaqbini stated that the giraffe trio was all-white, but not albino, instead, living with a condition known as leucism. 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. We are the only community in the world who are custodians of the white giraffe," he said. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. The poachers have not yet been identified and the motive for the killings remains unclear. "This is a very sad day for Kenya," said reserve manager Mohammed Ahmednoor. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. according to the Africa Wildlife Foundation. the only one of its kind left on the planet. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. According to a statement by the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy, the male doesn't have a name has been lonely ever since Kenya's only known white giraffe and her calf were killed by poachers in March. Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. The deaths left only one white giraffe remaining in the country: a bull born to the female in 2017. Poachers have since killed the mother, seen in this video, and her seven-month-old baby. The ultra-rare animal was killed alongside her young calf inside a Kenyan nature reserve. Twitterati erupted in anger on Wednesday as news of poachers killing Kenya's only female white giraffe and her calf surfaced. Their habitat has been reduced by at least 50% in the 21st century, {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}}, White giraffe believed to be last female in the world hunted, Experts warn virus has not reached its peak as Trump rants on Twitter, World Wildlife Day: The best animal experiences, World ‘way off track’ on climate targets, UN experts warn. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Updated 11/03/2020 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 … Are you sure you want to delete this comment? “This is a very sad day for the community of Ijara and Kenya as a whole. The Giraffe Conservation Foundation says the number of the species in Africa has dropped by 30 per cent since the 1980s. Almost as soon as she arrives, Martine hears stories about a white giraffe living in the preserve. In 2017, the news of the presence of the white giraffe in Kenya made headlines across the world, with various people marvelling at its sight. We are the only community in the world who are custodians of the white giraffe. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Read our full mailing list consent terms here. Watch a video of the white giraffe roaming in Ishaqbini: When Martine’s home in England burns down, killing her parents, she must go to South Africa to live on a wildlife game preserve, called Sawubona, with the grandmother she didn’t know she had. Wildlife rangers confirmed they found their butchered carcasses in a village in Garissa County. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. The illegal killing of this rare species of giraffe and her calf leaves a lone surviving male in the entire world. The rare mammal has been fitted with a Global Positioning System tracking device in an effort to protect it from poachers. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. The world's last known white giraffe has been fitted with a tracking device to help protect it from poachers in Kenya. "This is a long-term loss given genetics studies... has now gone to the drain," added Mr Ahmednoor. 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