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Rare white giraffes spotted in Kenya

Rare white giraffes spotted in Kenya”

A second sighting was reported in March 2016, in Ishaqbini conservancy, Garissa county, Kenya.

But people in Kenya were lucky enough to see not one, but two, rare white giraffes.

Reticulated giraffes are native to Somalia, southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya. They were filmed by Hirola Conservation Programme (HCP), the group also protecting Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in Garissa, the habitat of world's most threatened antelope.

The mother and child both have a condition called leucism, which results in a lack of pigmentation in skin cells, hair, fur, feathers or scales, and makes the animal a white colour.

The main way to differentiate the two types is through the eyes.

Leucism differs from albinism in a number of ways but one of them is that it does not cause red eyes. "The mother kept pacing back and forth a few yards in front of us while signalling the baby giraffe to hide behind the bushes -- a characteristic of most wildlife mothers in the wild to prevent the predation of their young", the conservationist said. It was evident that the coloration especially on the mother giraffe was not as conspicuous as the baby.

Yes, this spectacular event happened in Kenya much to the delight of local residents and conservationists but this time they were captured not in mere photos but in a video. The white giraffes have patterns on their body which steadily fades as they approach adulthood.

White giraffes were first reported in January 2016 in Tanzania's Tarangire National Park. Last month, rangers from the Hirola Conservation Program, which manages the protected area, came face-to-face with the creatures and captured their close encounter on video.



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