Endangered Giraffes Zapped To Death By Low-Hanging Power Lines In Wildlife Park

Story By: James KingSub-EditorMarija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash

Three endangered giraffes have reportedly been zapped to death by low-hanging power lines in a Kenyan wildlife park.

Kenyan officials confirmed that one of the Rothschild’s giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi), listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICU) as ‘endangered’, was killed on Sunday while two others were electrocuted on Friday.

They reportedly walked into low-hanging high-voltage power cables crossing the Soysambu Wildlife Park in Kenya’s Nakuru County.


The Kenya Wildlife Service government agency has launched an investigation into the situation amid reports that 11 other giraffes and dozens of birds have also been killed by the badly-placed power lines.

The Rothschild’s giraffe is a subspecies of the northern giraffe and there were estimated to be less than 1,700 in the wild as of 2016 with just 600 in Kenya.

In Soysambu, statistics indicate that there were some 50 males, 41 females and 33 young in August 2018, but it is believed the numbers have declined since then.

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