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Poachers kill two white giraffes in Kenya and now there is just one in the world

The carcasses of a female giraffe and her calf were found in Kenya's Garissa County.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: March 11, 2020 9:58:15 pm
File photo of a white giraffe spotted in Kenya in 2017. (Photo credit: Marc Napo/Ishaqbini-Hirola Community Conservancy)

Two of the three extremely rare white giraffes have been killed by poachers in Kenya, the BBC reported quoting wildlife conservationists.

The carcasses of a female giraffe and her calf were found in Kenya’s Garissa County, according to the report.

Watch rare footage of the two giraffes

Wildlife conservationists told the BBC that the third white giraffe is thought to be the only surviving one in the world.

The white skin tone of the giraffes is a result of leucisim — a condition that causes the skin cells to have no pigmentation.

Also Read | Explained: Why there is only one white giraffe left in the world

The white giraffes were first spotted in 2016, according to the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy website.

In 2017, photographs of the white giraffes went viral across the world.

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