Many endangered animals are being protected in nature reserves to guarantee the preservation of their species, many others live in the wild, as it should be; however, this means putting your life at risk due to illegal hunting.
Poachers have killed a unique species in Kenya and in the world, as reported by a group of local conservationists. Rangers from the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservation Community said they discovered the bodies of a white giraffe and its young in a village in Garissa county, Kenya.
This unique species caused a sensation when it first appeared in 2017. Unfortunately, the hunters have not been identified, so the reason why they killed these animals is unknown.
According to reports from the reserve, local residents were the ones who reported finding the giraffe skeletons, meaning they could have been dead for a long time before they were found. The Kenya Animal Life Society has said the incident is being investigated.
The manager of the Ishaqbini Hirola reserve, Mohammed Ahmednoor, said in a statement: “This is a very sad day for the community of Ijara and Kenya. We are the only community in the world that guards the white giraffe. “
In addition, he noted that the death of these animals is “a serious blow to the steps taken by the community to conserve rare and unique species,” and called for attention to continue supporting conservation efforts in their community and in the world. This loss not only affects genetic studies and research on the species, which according to Ahmednoor’s words, “have gone down the drain,” but also represents a severe blow to tourism in the area.
Activists and reserve workers said there is only one white giraffe left, and it is believed to be the only one in the world. Its unusual coloration is due to a genetic condition called leucism, which stops the pigmentation of some cells; It is similar to albinism, but with the difference that animals with leucism have dark eyes.
A heartbreaking loss for the animal world, how long will we understand that we are the cause of this problem?