World's only known white giraffe fitted with tracker to deter poachers

Last Known White Giraffe in World Was Fitted With GPS Tracking Device

The world's last known white giraffe.

According to a report in BBC, it is the world's only known white giraffe and the Global Positioning System tracking device has been fitted to prevent it from poachers. The devices help to know the location as it grazes in Kenya. But despite its singular status, the lonely male doesn't have a name.

The 15-foot tall male giraffe is now alone in Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in Ijara, Garissa County, after two other white giraffes in the conservancy, a female and her calf, were killed by poachers earlier this year, the conservancy said in a statement.

Wildlife workers chose to fit the nameless, male giraffe with Global Positioning System tracking device after a female and her calf were killed by poaches in Garissa, eastern Kenya, in March, the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy said in a statement.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the non-profit group said the tracking device would give hourly updates on the giraffe's whereabouts, enabling rangers to "keep the unique animal safe from poachers".

The board of Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy, where the giraffe lives, had requested the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to fit the giraffe with the tracking device.

White Giraffe Northern Rangelands Trust
A GPS Satellite unit was fixed to an ossicone of the white giraffe. Source NRT

"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. He added that they also want to protect the unique wildlife, mentioning about the only known white giraffe.

"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 said.

The female white giraffe stirred huge interest in 2017 when she was first spotted on the conservancy and again when she birthed two calves, the latest in August a year ago.

The female white giraffe first made headlines when she was discovered, alongside her calf, in 2017. They are hunted by poachers for their hides, meat and body parts.

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