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Endangered giraffes electrocuted at the Soysambu Conservancy

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Three giraffes have died after being electrocuted at Soysambu conservancy in Nakuru County.

The giraffes were reportedly moving along a low-hanging local power transmission line.

Two giraffes are said to have been electrocuted on Friday while the other one met its unfortunate end on Saturday evening. The deaths triggered an uproar from conservationists and netizens.

The giraffes are of the endangered Rothschild’s breed, a subspecies of the Northern giraffe. Only about 1,669 are said to exist in the wild.

Kenya reportedly hosts 60 per cent of the species population. The giraffes thrive in hot woodland savanna and shrub lands.

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Two weeks ago, more than 50 flamingos died in Soysambu after being electrocuted by an old electricity line linking Olkaria to Suswa.

The Juja-Naivasha-Lanet-Lessos powerline cuts through a section of the Lake Elementaita Important Bird Area. This is a breeding site for Great White pelicans, and home to thousands of water birds.

Olkaria-Lessos-Kisumu power line, close to Lake Elementaita, has also been marked as a potential death trap for birds.

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