Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Index – Abroad – Electric shock with three giraffes in a Kenyan reserve


There was an electric shock with three Rothschild giraffes in the Soysambu reserve in Kenya. The deaths of the animals were caused by low-running electrical wires.

The incident, writes the MTI, has caused great outrage among animal rights activists, who say that since 2019, 11 giraffes, including at least six such particularly endangered Rothschild giraffes, have been killed in the same way as a result of an electric shock. The Soysambu Reserve is one of the few areas where this rare species still lives, whose population is constantly shrinking. It is estimated that there are a total of 670 individuals, most of whom live in Kenya and a minority in Uganda.

According to the Kenya Wildlife Service, a number of similar cases have been reported in recent years, but they do not have the authority to act on their own.

Attempts have been made in the past to relocate or raise electrical cables, but these plans have not received enough support

– He told Kerry Outram is an animal welfare expert.

The Kenyan electricity company regretted the incident and said they would change the line in the affected area. The high-risk area was enclosed to avoid a recurrence. However, this is not a complete solution either, as surface power lines also decimate birds, na few weeks ago, for example, more than 50 flamingos were killed there.





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