Yesterday, I was scrolling through my news feed when I came across an article stating that two extremely rare white giraffes (a mother and calf) had been killed by poachers in north-eastern Kenya.
Until that point I have to admit, I had not heard of a white giraffe but after a quick internet search, I discovered that the reason these giraffes were white in colour is due to a condition called leucism – a partial loss of pigmentation in an animal, which makes them look so different to the regular giraffe we all know so well.
I also discovered that because these two rare species were killed, unfortunately that leaves only one male with the same condition left in the world.
A wave of anger and frustration came over me after reading the article. I just couldn’t comprehend why someone would kill an already rare and endangered species. Why? Are these poachers satisfied knowing that they have destroyed conservation efforts in protecting a species that one day may be declared extinct alongside so many other species before them (Thylacine, Quagga, Pyrenean Ibex)?
Strict laws need to be introduced in regards to poaching. We already have so many animals classed as critically endangered in the world, we don’t need to add another to the list.