Mysterious skin disease that kills giraffes in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya

A mysterious disease kills giraffes, the tallest living land animal in Wajir County, northeast Kenya.

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officials told local media on Wednesday that a skin disease is responsible for 10 deaths recorded at the Sabuli Conservancy in Wajir of over 40 giraffes.

Kenyans.co.ke, a local news site, quoted Karimi Mbaka, KWS director of Wajir County, as saying two giraffes recently died of the disease, which has been linked to dry weather conditions.

Sabuli Conservancy Chairman Mohamed Sharmarke said, “The disease appears to worsen during the dry season when foraging decreases. We have recorded more than 10 deaths in the reserve in the past year. Outside of our protected area, others could be affected. “

Medical exams are currently being conducted on unaffected giraffes to prevent the disease from spreading.

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the East African country has a population of over 68,000 giraffes.

Kenya’s Tourism Minister Najib Balala said on Twitter Tuesday that he had sent an emergency veterinary team to investigate the cause of the disease.

“The team will work with the local Kenya Wildlife Service team to locate the giraffes and conduct medical exams to determine the cause of death and to reduce the risk of death in other giraffes and wildlife,” he said.

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