2 giraffes were electrocuted after walking on power lines in Kenya Park


A picture taken on August 5, 2019 shows reticulated subspecies of the giraffe in the Loisaba Sanctuary in Laikipia. – In Kenya, as in the entire African continent, the largest mammals in the world are less abundant than they used to be, and their numbers have them

Kenya’s Wildlife Agency said two giraffes were electrocuted on Sunday while walking into deep power transmission lines that run through the Soysambu Conservancy in western Kenya.

Trizer Mwakinya, communications director at Kenya Wildlife Service, said Monday that staff from the Kenya Power and Lighting Company were “on the spot” to fix the problem.

But conservationist Paula Kahumbu said in tweets to the energy company and the wildlife agency that the power lines had killed giraffes, vultures and flamingos.

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“Advice from experts has been ignored. RIAs (Regulatory Impact Assessment) are notoriously bad on many development projects. Sorry that these types of deaths are required to wake some people up!” she said in a tweet.

In a previous tweet with a picture of two dead giraffes under a power pole, Kahumbu said the two were Rothschild giraffe species. The Kenya Wildlife Service says there are only 609 Rothschild giraffes in the country. Almost 1,400 Rothschild giraffes live in the wild around the world. According to the International Union for Nature Conservation, the species is no longer considered endangered, but is now in the category of almost threatened species.

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