Call now! (ID:121746)+44-20-3695-1294
HomeAnimalsWorld’s only known white giraffe fitted with GPS tracker

World’s only known white giraffe fitted with GPS tracker

World’s only known white giraffe fitted with GPS tracker
In this photo released by the Ishaqbini Community Conservancy, a male giraffe with a rare genetic trait called leucism that causes a white color is darted with a tranquilizer in order to fit a GPS tracking device, seen from a helicopter in the Ishaqbini Community Conservancy in Kenya Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. The only known white giraffe in the world has been fitted with a GPS tracking device to help protect it from poachers as it grazes in the arid savannah in Kenya near the Somalia border. (Ishaqbini Community Conservancy via AP)
The male giraffe has a rare genetic trait called leucism that causes its white color (Credits: AP)

The only known white giraffe in the world has been fitted with a GPS tracking device to help protect it from poachers in Kenya.

The white giraffe now stands alone after a female and her calf were killed by poachers in March, the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy said in a statement on Tuesday.

A rare genetic trait called leucism causes the white color, and it makes the one surviving giraffe stand out dangerously for poachers in the arid savannah near the Somalia border.

Now the GPS tracking device, attached to one of the giraffe’s horns, will ping every hour to alert wildlife rangers to its location.

The conservancy has thanked the Kenya Wildlife Service along with the Northern Rangelands Trust and Save Giraffes Now for the help.

The white giraffe is seen in the Ishaqbini Community Conservancy in Kenya
The giraffe was hit with a tranquiliser so the GPS device could be fitted to its horn (Credits: AP)

The deaths earlier this year, confirmed by rangers and community members, was a ‘sad day’ and a major loss for researchers and tourism providers working in the remote corner of Kenya.