World’s last leucistic giraffe fitted with GPS

Posted by Anita Froneman on 18 November 2020

A white giraffe in Kenya has been fitted with a GPS tracker to protect the animal against poachers.

The rare leucistic giraffe – a condition in which the skin cells have no pigmentation – is the last remaining white giraffe in the world.

In March 2020, a white female giraffe and her calf were poached.

World's only leucistic giraffe fitted with GPS

The giraffe can now be monitored around the clock.

Following the collar fitting, anti-poaching rangers are now able to keep track of the male’s movements and receive hourly updates on his location.

Mohammed Ahmed Noor, manager of the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy which coordinated the process, thanked the organisations who helped make this crucial measure possible.

This includes the Kenya Wildlife Service, Save Giraffes Now and the Northern Rangelands Trust.

‘The giraffe’s grazing range has been blessed with good rains in the recent past and the abundant vegetation bodes well for the future of the white male,’ he added in a statement.

‘I am happy to be part of this collaring exercise that will ensure real time monitoring in time and space as part of National Giraffe Strategy implementation,’ said Geoffrey Bundotich, KWS Senior Scientist Eastern Conservation Area.

Picture: Twitter/FACTUBE2

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