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World’s only known white giraffe fitted with tracker to deter poachers

The world’s only known white giraffe has been fitted with a GPS tracking device to keep poachers at bay in north-east Kenya, conservationists say.

A conservation group said rangers could monitor the lone male giraffe’s movements in real time.

The giraffe has a rare genetic condition called leucism, which causes the loss of skin pigmentation.

He is thought to be the last of his kind, after poachers killed two of his family members in March.

Rangers fear the giraffe could suffer the same fate as his relatives, a female and her seven-month-old calf with similar white skin.

Their carcasses were found in a conservation area in Kenya’s north-eastern Garissa County, where the male giraffe is currently living alone.

The Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy, which oversees wildlife in the area, said the tracking device was attached to one of the giraffe’s horns on 8 November.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the non-profit group said the tracking device would give hourly updates on the giraffe’s whereabouts, enabling rangers to “keep the unique animal safe from poachers”.

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