Three of the most endangered distinct populations of giraffes, the Rothschild giraffes, have been killed after being electrocuted in Soysambu Conservancy within Nakuru County in Kenya, due to the low hanging power lines. One of the endangered giraffes was electrocuted on Sunday, while the other two on Friday.
The Rothschild’s Giraffe is a subspecies of the Northern giraffe. It is one of the most endangered distinct populations of giraffe, with 1,669 individuals estimated in the wild in 2016, according to Wikipedia.
Soysambu hosts a population of approximately 120 giraffes. As of August 2018, the conservancy reported to have identified 50 males, 41 females and 33 young. Some have unfortunately since been killed.
According to the Conservancy, this is not the first time an endangered species is electrocuted in August 27th 2018, another magnificent male, Argos, was killed by a power line. The electrical lines are deadly to the tallest terrestrial mammal. Argos was the sixth endangered giraffe killed by power lines in the past 10 years.
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