The world’s only known white giraffe is equipped with a tracking device

Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy said in a press release on Tuesday, a GPS tracking device secured to one of the animal’s horns will give hourly updates to its location.

The Rangers will be able to monitor the activities of the giraffe at the consulate located in Garissa County, eastern Kenya.

“The extent of grazing of the giraffe is a blessing for the well future with good rains and abundant vegetation in recent times,” said Ahmed Noor, manager of Ishakabini Hiroli Community Conservation.

Noor thanked Kenya Wildlife Service, Save Giraffes Now and Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) for helping protect species of wildlife.

Rare white giraffe killed by poachers in Kenyan wildlife sanctuary

“Our mission is to work with communities, enable them [to] “Protect your livelihood as well as protect unique wildlife such as the only known white giraffe,” said NRT Senior Wildlife Monitoring Officer Antony Wandera.

Male giraffes have a rare genetic trait called leucism, which results in a partial loss of pigmentation in an animal and is easy to spot for predators on dry savannas. Unlike albinism, animals with lucidum continue to produce a dark pigment in their soft tissues, meaning the giraffe’s eyes are dark.

In March, the remains of two stunning white giraffes living in the Kenyan Wildlife Sanctuary were found in a skeletal state that had been killed by poachers.

A global positioning satellite unit was mounted on an oscon (horn) of the giraffe to aid in effective surveillance.

The female white giraffe first made headlines when she was discovered with her calf in 2017. A second calf followed, and the family of three lived a free life within the confines of the sanctuary, where they generated great interest by tourists from all over the world.

Tourists flocked to see the family of the three. Giraffe videos posted on YouTube were viewed more than a million times. He was featured in other outlets by USA Today, The Guardian, Inside Edition, and National Geographic.

The African Wildlife Foundation estimates that the world’s tallest land animal has lost 40% of its population in just 30 years.

CNN’s Francisco Guzman and Brian Reese contributed to this report.


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