The GPS tracking device attached to one of the animal’s horns will provide hourly updates on its location, Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy said in a press release Tuesday.
Rangers will be able to monitor the movements of the giraffe in the protected area located in the county of Garissa, eastern Kenya.
“The giraffe’s pasture has been blessed with good rains in the recent past, and the abundant vegetation portends the white man’s future,” said Ahmed Nur, manager of Ishaqbini Hirola’s protected community.
Nur thanked the Kenyan Wildlife Service, Save Giraffes Now and the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) for their help in conserving wildlife.
“Our mission is to work with communities, to give them opportunities [to] be resilient, secure a livelihood, and protect the unique wildlife as the only known white giraffe, “said Anthony Vandera, senior wildlife observer at NRT.
The male giraffe has a rare genetic trait called leukemia, which results in a partial loss of pigmentation in an animal and makes it easier to spot poachers in the dry savannah. Unlike albinism, animals with leukemia continue to produce dark pigment in their soft tissues, which means that the giraffe’s eyes are dark.
In March, the remains of two of the stunning white giraffes living in Kenya’s wildlife sanctuary were found in skeletal condition, killed by poachers.
The female white giraffe first appeared in the headlines when it was discovered with its calf in 2017. A second calf followed and the family of three lived freely within the sanctuary, where it generated great interest from tourists around the world.
Visitors flocked to see the family of three, which stretched for a moment behind the trees. The giraffe’s video, posted on YouTube, garnered more than a million views. They were presented by USA Today, The Guardian, Inside Edition and National Geographic, among others.
Francisco Guzman and Brian Rees of CNN contributed to this report.