Giraffes in Africa? Actually nothing abnormal. But a certain giraffe is now specially guarded because this specimen is unique in the world.
Nairobi – There is always great outrage when poaching photos go viral on the internet. Some hobby hunters had to face a big shit storm when they were photographed next to dead, rare animals. From lions to hippos up to Giraffes – On the hunt for the like, animals are no hurdle either.
Africa: A unique giraffe is specially protected in the Kenyan reserve
Now animal rights activists in Kenya have a whole special giraffe taken under their wing, as reported by the dpa. The only known one in the world white giraffe was provided with a GPS transmitter. Located in the Ishaqbini Hirola reserve, the male should be able to be located hourly with the tracking transmitter on the horn. The location is regularly passed on to the rangers. The aim is to protect the white giraffe from poachers. The Kenyan Wildlife Park Authority (KWS) was also involved.
But why is the giraffe white and not the usual yellow with brown spots? According to the reserve, the animal has an extremely rare defect mutation. It is called leucism and ensures that the fur or feathers of animals are white and the skin is pink. The skin does not contain any pigment-forming cells (melanocytes).
Africa: The white giraffe remains very endangered in Kenya
According to the reservation, the male was probably not alone, but a white female and her white cub were killed by poachers. The Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy was founded by the surrounding communities to protect the ecosystem and at the same time to provide community members with a livelihood.
Again and again cults and religions come to light that sound absurd to Europeans and are not unusual in Africa. As the Berlin newspaper reports that the brains and bone marrow are said to be of great value to faith healers. They are used as medicine for AIDS or HIV. Tail hair, skin and meat are also in great demand. (ank)