An extremely rare white giraffe has been fitted with a tracking device for its protection after its family was killed by poachers.
The giraffe, in the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in southeast Kenya, has a rare genetic condition called leucism that causes partial loss of pigmentation in its skin. It was fitted with a tracking device on one of its horns Nov. 8, the Northern Rangelands Trust said in a statement Tuesday.
The trust says it’s the world’s only white giraffe, although another was spotted in Tanzania in 2015.
The device will send hourly updates on the animal’s whereabouts, so rangers can monitor its movements on a daily basis and keep it safe from poachers.
The unusual coloration makes the animal dangerously vulnerable to poachers in the wilderness.
Two other white giraffes in the conservancy, a female and her calf, were killed by poachers in March, the trust said, and concerns