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A Giraffe Boosts Conservation

A Giraffe Boosts Conservation

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Saturday, September 16, 2017/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, video, sustainability, art and design, adventure

               White Giraffe in Garissa County, Kenya (credit: Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy, Marc Napo)

A rare white giraffe and her calf were discoverd by villagers in Kenya's eastern Garissa county. The giraffes were filmed on video walking in the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservacy, a community-based conservation area. The mission of the organization aims to protect and increase the numbers and distribution of the hirola antelope and other wildlife through participatory conservation, education, community involvement, and international support. According to villagers who reported the original sightings:

“they were so close and extremely calm and seemed not disturbed by our presence. The mother kept pacing back and forth a few yards in front of us while signalling the baby giraffe to hide behind the bushes.”

Only two previous white giraffes signtings have been made in Kenya and Tanzania. The Conservancy hopes the new white giraffes will assist theirs and others' wildlife conservation efforts in Kenya. A worthy conservation icon, indeed!



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