To avoid poachers: Environmentalists install GPS trackers for rare white giraffes

The only known white giraffe in the world was once one of three,media reported. In March 2020, poachers killed a female white giraffe and her baby giraffe at the Ishak Benichirola Community Conservation Center in Kenya. Environmentalists have now installed GPS trackers for the last surviving male white giraffe, hoping it will help him avoid the same fate.

To avoid poachers: Environmentalists install GPS trackers for rare white giraffes

Giraffes have albinism, a condition in which pigmentation is lost, which makes it look like a ghost.

GPS trackers mounted on giraffe horns send the latest location information to rangers every hour. The project was completed on 8 November with the assistance of a number of groups, including Kenya Wildlife Service, northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) and Save Giraffes Now.

Poaching remains a problem for many species in Kenya, including elephants and rhinos. The last male northern white rhinoceros is understood to have died in Kenya in 2018. The number of rhinos has been greatly reduced by poachers.

According to the African Wildlife Foundation, a non-profit conservation group, poachers hunt giraffes to get their meat, skin and body parts. Giraffes are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

In addition to the GPS project, there are reasons to hope for the survival of this rare animal. Ahmed Noor, manager of the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservation Society, said in a statement to NRT: “The giraffe’s pastures have received plenty of rain in recent times, and the abundance of vegetation bodes well for the future of white male giraffes. “