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Rare white giraffes killed by poachers in Kenya

Mar 11, 2020 - 4:21 PM

Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy, custodians of the white giraffe, says the deaths was a 'sad day' and a major loss for researchers and tourism providers working in the remote corner of Kenya

A handout image made available by the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy shows the rare white giraffe taken on May 31, 2017, in Garissa county in North Eastern Kenya. Kenya's only female white giraffe and her calf have been killed by poachers, conservationists said on March 10, 2020, in a major blow for the rare animals found nowhere else in the world. The bodies of the two giraffes were found "in a skeletal state after being killed by armed poachers" in Garissa in eastern Kenya, the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy said in a statement. Their deaths leave just one remaining white giraffe alive -- a lone male, borne by the same slaughtered female, the conservancy said.  Handout / Caters News Agency / AFP

Fugitive giraffe found dead in Thailand canal

Jan 30, 2020 - 6:30 PM

The story of the giraffe which escaped from truck in Bangkok takes a tragic turn, after it is found dead in a lotus swamp near a main road

In this undated handout photo released on January 29, 2020 by the Fire Department Eastern Voluntter shows a runaway giraffe seen in bushes along a road in Bang Khla, Chachoengsao province. An African giraffe which bolted from a convoy destined for a Thai safari park remained on the run January 29, as vets scoured farmland near the escape zone in a near 24-hour search gripping the public. Jongput JIRA-APAKUL / FIRE DEPARTMENT EASTERN VOLUNTEER / AFP

Long road to freedom: Giraffe escapes convoy in Thailand

Jan 29, 2020 - 5:20 PM

Two leggy ruminants make the daring bid for freedom from the back of a poorly secured container truck as it slowed in highway traffic shortly after leaving Bangkok's main airport. One is caught, the other still a 'fugitive'.

ESCAPE. In this undated handout photo released on January 29, 2020 by the Fire Department Eastern Voluntter shows a runaway giraffe seen crossing a road in Bang Khla, Chachoengsao province. Photo by Jongput Jira-Apakul/Fire Department  Eastern Volunteer/AFP

Wildlife protections tightened as southern Africa protests

Aug 29, 2019 - 12:14 AM

'Humanity needs to respond to the growing extinction crisis by transforming the way we manage the world's wild animals and plants,' says CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero

Wildlife meeting backs more protection for giraffes

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:41 PM

The African giraffe population as a whole has shrunk by an estimated 40% over the past 3 decades, to just under 100,000 animals, according to the best figures available to the International Union for Conservation of Nature

A picture taken on November 20, 2018 shows new-born giraffe Ella and her mother Amalka at their enclosure at Berlin's Tierpark zoo. - Five-year old giraffe Amalka gave birth to the baby on November 3, 2018. (Photo by Paul Zinken / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT

Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention

Oct 28, 2017 - 8:28 PM

Host country the Philippines lobbies for the inclusion of the whale shark, which has become a major tourist attraction

ADDED PROTECTION. Whale sharks are among the animals that received added protection at the Conservation of Migratory Species held in Manila. File photo by Gonzalo Araujo

Giraffes 'threatened with extinction'

Dec 08, 2016 - 7:26 PM

The population of the world s tallest land mammal drops to below 100 000 in 2015 mainly due to habitat loss and illegal hunting the International Union for the Conservation of Nature IUCN reported

THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION. A Cape giraffe, or South African giraffe, is seen in an enclosure at the Giza zoo in Cairo on November 23, 2016. File photo by Mohamed El-Shahed/ AFP

Giraffe dies 'of anxiety' in latest Taiwan animal scandal

Aug 11, 2016 - 7:50 PM

An autopsy shows the giraffe suffered from pneumonia and anxiety as he was loaded onto a truck

This handout picture released by Taipei Zoo on August 11, 2016 shows zoo staff caring for a giraffe at the zoo in Taipei on August 10, 2016. A seven-year-old male giraffe has died from anxiety on a trip from a Taiwan zoo to a special breeding programme, the latest animal death to spark angry calls for tougher laws on protection. / AFP PHOTO / Taipei Zoo / Taipei Zoo / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Taipei Zoo" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

Danish zoo that killed giraffe puts down 4 lions

Mar 26, 2014 - 11:45 PM

A Copenhagen zoo that prompted international outrage by putting down a healthy giraffe has killed 2 lions and their 2 cubs to make way for a new male

A file photo dated 17 July 2013 shows a lion and her cub entering the lions enclosure for the first time. Copenhagen Zoo is once again in the world news after it was reported that the zoo put down 4 healthy lions. Photo by Mads Nissen/EPA

Danish animal welfare group backs zoo's giraffe killing

Feb 12, 2014 - 12:21 AM

We trust that the very well educated experts at Copenhagen Zoo have explored the possibilities of placing the giraffe in another zoo

MARIUS KILLED. A perfectly healthy young giraffe named Marius was shot dead at Copenhagen zoo on Febuary 9, 2014 despite an online petition to save it signed by thousands of animal lovers. Photo by AFP

Uproar over giraffe put down in zoo, fed to lion

Feb 10, 2014 - 1:50 AM

A crowd of visitors including small children in Copenhagen zoo looked on as an autopsy was carried out and the animal skinned and chopped up before being fed to a full maned lion

MARIUS KILLED. A perfectly healthy young giraffe named Marius was shot dead at Copenhagen zoo on Febuary 9, 2014 despite an online petition to save it signed by thousands of animal lovers. Photo by AFP

Giraffe, flamingo on menu for ancient Romans

Jan 09, 2014 - 12:52 PM

It seems the ancient Romans are fond of imported and exotic food

WHAT'S FOR DINNER? Ancient Romans dined on giraffes, pink flamingos and exotic spices from as far away as Indonesia, according to a new scientific study. AFP File Photo