Highlights

World’s last White Giraffe was fitted with GPS tracking device in north east region of Kenya. The Giraffe is white in colour due to a rare genetic condition called Leucism ( loss of pigmentation). The GPS tracking device will provide hourly update about the White Giraffe. This will help to keep the animal safe from poachers. The White Giraffe was first spotted in 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. White Giraffe’s mother and calf had died.

Importance

According to the AWF (Africa Wildlife Foundation), around 40 per cent of Giraffe population has disappeared in the last 3 decades (30 years). The IUCN has listed Giraffe under ‘Vulnerable’ category. According to International Union for Conservation of Nature, presently, there are 68,293 Giraffe in the world. Giraffe are already extinct in 7 African countries are Nigeria, Mali, Eritrea, Faso, Guinea, Mauritania, Senegal and Burkina.

Giraffe Population in India

Around 30 Giraffes in 11 zoos present in the country. Apart from Zoos, there are no Giraffes in the forests of India.

Giraffe Species in Kenya

There are 3 different species of Giraffe located in Kenya. The species are

  • Reticulated Giraffe
  • Masai Giraffe
  • Rothschilds Giraffe

East African country Kenya is the only country in the world that is actively taking initiatives to conserve Giraffe in its forests.

Celebration of World Giraffe Day

21 June observed as a World Giraffe Day. The day organized by Giraffe Conservation Foundation.

Giraffe Species

There are only 4 species of Giraffe in the world. They are

  • Reticulated Giraffe (also known as the Somali giraffe): It lives in Somalia, southern Ethiopia, and northern Kenya
  • Masai Giraffe: It lives in Tanzania and Kenya
  • Northern Giraffe: It lives in north of Africa.
  • Southern Giraffe: It lives in Botswana

Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF)

Giraffe Conservation Foundation is the only conservation organization that provides innovative approaches to save Giraffe across the world.

Habitat

Giraffes live in savannah of Africa. savannah  is a mixed woodland-grassland ecosystem. They thrive in areas that are very hot. Giraffes grow to a height of 5meters to 6 metres. Last White Giraffe fitted with GPS tracking device