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Two rare white giraffes killed by poachers, Kenyan conservancy says


Kenya

Two incredibly rare white giraffes have been killed by poachers in Kenya, a spokesperson for the local conservancy has confirmed, leaving only one remaining in the world.

Key points:

  • A spokesperson from the Hirola Community Conservancy said the killings were a “wake-up call for continued support to conservation efforts
  • The giraffes have a rare genetic mutation known as leucism, which causes a partial loss of pigmentation
  • The African Wildlife Foundation estimates 40 per cent of the total giraffe population has been lost in the last 30 years

The Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy said the country’s only female white giraffe and her calf were found in a “skeletal state after being killed by armed poachers”.

The giraffes gained global attention in 2017 when they were first captured on film. After the deaths, only one young male white giraffe remains at the Hirola Conservancy.

“This is a very sad day for the community of Ijara and Kenya as a whole,” the conservancy’s Mohammed Ahmednoor said.

“We are the only community in the world who are custodians of the white giraffe. Its killing is a blow to tremendous steps taken by the community to conserve rare and unique species, and a wake-up call for continued support to conservation efforts.”

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White giraffes spotted in Kenya

Experts believe the giraffes have a rare genetic mutation known as leucism, which causes a partial loss of pigmentation.

“This is a long-term loss given that genetics studies and research, which were significant investment into the area by researchers, has now gone down the drain,” Mr Ahmednoor said.

“Further to this the white giraffe was a big boost to tourism in the area.”

The African Wildlife Foundation estimates that 40 per cent of the overall giraffe population has been lost in the past 30 years.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


The most serious outbreak of locusts in 25 years is swarming across East Africa


Central African Republic

The most serious outbreak of locusts in 25 years is spreading across East Africa and posing an unprecedented threat to food security in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries, authorities say.

Key points:

  • An increase in locust swarm activity has been reported in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Ejibouti, and Eritrea
  • The infestations are a major threat to food security across the entire Horn of Africa, which is already reeling from floods and droughts
  • Hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops are estimated to have been destroyed

The “extremely dangerous increase” in locust swarm activity has been reported in Kenya, with one swarm in the country’s northeast measuring 60 kilometres long by 40 kilometres wide.

In a statement, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said a typical desert locust swarm could contain up to 150 million locusts per square kilometre.

“Swarms migrate with the wind and can cover 100 to 150 kilometres in a day,” the IGAD said.



Photo:

These two Samburu men work for a county disaster team identifying the location of the locusts, pictured in Samburu county, Kenya. (AP: Patrick Ngugi)

“An average swarm can destroy as much food crops in a day as is sufficient to feed 2,500 people.”

Thousands of hectares of crops destroyed

The outbreak of desert locusts, considered the most dangerous locust species, has also affected parts of Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti and Eritrea, and IGAD warned that parts of South Sudan and Uganda could be next.

Breeding is continuing on both sides of the Red Sea, in Sudan and Eritrea and in Saudi Arabia and Yemen.



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A Samburu man holds a locust on his hand near the village of Sissia. (AP: Patrick Ngugi)

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) warned the outbreak could worsen the region’s poor food security situation, with hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops destroyed.

“These infestations represent a major threat to food security in Kenya and across the entire Horn of Africa, which is already reeling from floods and droughts,” said Bukar Tijani, UNFAO’s Assistant Director General, calling the swarms “vast and unprecedented”.

Already millions of people cope with the constant risk of drought or flooding, as well as deadly unrest in Ethiopia, extremist attacks in Somalia and lingering fighting in South Sudan as it emerges from civil war.

The further increase in locust swarms could last until June as favourable breeding conditions continue, IGAD said, helped along by unusually heavy flooding in parts of the region in recent weeks.



Photo:

Desert locusts cover the ground in Ceel-Gaal village, in the Salal region of Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Somaliland. (UNFAO via AP: Isak Amin)

Major locust outbreaks can be devastating: a major one between 2003 and 2005 cost more than $US500 million ($727 million) to control across 20 countries in northern Africa, the UNFAO has said, with more than $US2.5 billion ($3.6 billion) in harvest losses.

To help prevent and control outbreaks, authorities analyse satellite images, stockpile pesticides and conduct aerial spraying.

Police shoot bullets and teargas at bugs

In Ethiopia, officials said they had deployed four small planes to help fight the invasion.



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Mohamed Omar, left, from the Ministry of Agriculture, and farmer Abdilahi Bataax, right, in Somaliland. (UNFAO via AP: Isak Amin)

Kenyan media showed police shooting bullets and teargas at an oncoming swarm as residents banged on buckets and hooted car horns to try to frighten the insects.

A farmers’ association in Kenya’s northern Laikipia area said it was planning aerial spraying of pesticides.

“These things are in their millions and will eat all the vegetation here,” said Peter Learpanai, a herdsman in the northern Samburu region who was flapping his jacket at a cloud of the insects that had descended on his grazing land.

“Our animals will not have anything to feed on.

“The government needs to get serious about fighting them.”

AP/Reuters

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


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