Animal Poaching In 2020
Back in 2017, two white giraffes caught the attention of the general public because of their Alabaster color. They were seen at a fully coastal habitat, known as The Sanctuary. For all those people who don’t know, The Sanctuary is home to a lot of rare marine and tellurian species. Sadly, they were victims of animal poaching.
What Made The Giraffes Different From The Others?
The rare white color of the Giraffes caught massive attention of the animal lovers when they were discovered in North Eastern Kenya. They had a rare condition known as Leucism which results in loss of pigmentation.
This rare condition not only affects animals but birds and reptiles too.
Officials Announce Death Of Two White Giraffes by Animal Poaching
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Officials have recently announced the death of both the mother and calf. Which means there is only one white giraffe left in the world. Keepers of the sanctuary found carcasses of the dead white giraffes. They also think both the giraffes were dead for nearly three months as their dead bodies were in extremely skeletal condition.
According to the Conservation Of Nature’s International Union, their unique breed was considered among one of the endangered species. Now there is only one white giraffe left at Kenya’s Hirola Conservancy.
The white giraffe poaching also underlines the threats which unique breeds often have to suffer. Lack of proper habitat and security has put a major effect on the global population of Giraffes, Elephants, and Rhinos. And their numbers are falling like dry leaves fall from trees during Autumn.
Mohammed Ahmednoor, Manager of Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy state:
This is a very sad day for the community of Ijara and Kenya as a whole
He further explained:
“We are the only community in the world who are custodians of the white giraffe. It’s killing is 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. Further to this, the white giraffe was a big boost to tourism in the area.”
The White Giraffe Poachers
They have not found the white giraffe poachers yet. Till then the reason for killing these beautiful creatures is going to remain unclear.
Despite all the efforts from animal conservation facilities, Kenya is still experiencing the second highest rates of poaching.
Over the last 30 years, 40% of the giraffe population has disappeared from the world. Even as the investigation of the white giraffe poachers continues, our growing concern should be this, “What are the Global Conservationists going to do about the very common trafficking of the rare breed animals.”
My question here is. Who is killing these beautiful animals? And when are the animal conservationists and government going to take precautionary measures for protecting all the endangered wildlife species?