Entertainment Kenya. Three giraffes of a rare species killed by low power lines

19:40  23 february  2021
19:40  23 february  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Une girafe de Rotschild en Ouganda. Photo d'illustration. © Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons A Rotschild's giraffe in Uganda. Illustrative photo.

Three Rothschild giraffes, an endangered species across the world, were recently electrocuted by utility poles in Kenya. Experts appointed on the spot concluded that the power lines were installed too low. This is not the first time this kind of incident has occurred in the country, a wildlife activist said on Twitter.

An environmental drama. Three giraffes of a currently threatened species recently died in the Soysambu Conservancy reserve in Nakuru ( Kenya ). They were electrocuted by a power line installed too low, reports the BBC Tuesday February 23.

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The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), a public environmental agency, commissioned investigators on the spot. The latter confirmed that the height of the electric poles was insufficient to allow the giraffes to pass safely, specifies Le Point .

Poles quickly replaced

"These power lines have already killed giraffes, vultures and flamingos , denounced the activist for the defense of wildlife Paula Kahumbu on Twitter. Expert advice has been ignored. […] Sad that this kind of death is necessary to wake some people up! »

These power lines have been killing giraffe, vultures abd flamingies. Advice from experts was ignored. RIAs are notoriously poor on many development projects. Sad that it takes these kinds of deaths to wake some people up! https://t.co/8iV3ZqCg1j

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- Dr. Paula Kahumbu (@paulakahumbu) February 21, 2021

Energy company Kenya Power has indicated that the utility poles will be replaced at the scene of the incident to upgrade high voltage lines. "We regret this incident because we recognize that wildlife is an integral part of our natural and cultural psyche ," said the CEO. We appreciate the feedback shared by the various actors on this subject.

The three giraffes killed were Rothschild's giraffes, a species considered endangered. There are believed to be no more than 1,600 specimens left worldwide, 600 of which are in Kenya.

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