Rangers at a nature conservancy in Garissa County, Kenya, have discovered the skeletal remains of two rare white giraffes that went missing several months ago.
According to a statement issued, the carcasses belongs to a mother and her 7-month-old calf, two of only three white giraffes living in Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy and appear to have been there for four months. All signs indicate that the animals were killed and butchered by armed poachers.
The poachers have not been identified yet. The Kenya Wildlife Service, the main conservation body in Kenya, is currently investigating the killings.
It is said that one adult male white giraffe remains in the park and it may be the last white giraffe in the world.
The white giraffes have a condition called leucism, which causes a partial loss of skin pigmentation. Unlike animals with albinism, animals with leucism still produce dark pigment in their soft tissue cells, which is why the giraffes in this family have dark eyes and dark tail hair.
Leucism affects many mammals, but it is extremely rare in giraffes. Outside of this Kenyan giraffe family, only one other white giraffe has been spotted in Africa. It was last seen in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park in January 2016.
White or otherwise, all reticulated giraffes, the species found in the conservancy and throughout northern Kenya are considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The main threats to their survival are loss of habitat due to human activities and poaching.
The six sensed humans who are in place of protection of our mother earth act majorly as destroyers. Humans should realize that destroying nature, will ultimately lead to the destruction of themselves and the entire human race.