Rare White Giraffes Spotted in Kenya, Captured on Camera for First Time

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Lorranie Chow
Sep. 14, 2017 12:27PM EST
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Rare White Giraffes Spotted in Kenya, Captured on Camera for First Time

Two white reticulated giraffes, a mother and her calf, were captured on camera at the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservacy in Kenya.

Their creamy coloring is due to a genetic condition called leucism, in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal’s skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticle, but not the eyes.

The Hirola Conservation Programme, an NGO which manages the area, wrote in a blog post that the giraffes were first spotted by a local villager.

“They were so close and extremely calm and seemed not disturbed by our presence,” the post states. “‘The mother kept pacing back and forth a few yards in front of us while signalling the baby giraffe to hide behind the bushes.”

According to the post, the only two known sightings of white giraffes…

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3 thoughts on “Rare White Giraffes Spotted in Kenya, Captured on Camera for First Time

  1. ..
    my heart is filled with hope for continued life for these beautiful creatures..
    ♥♥
    am trying not to be cynical..
    but
    humans are so evil..
    these beauties must be guarded

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