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Rare white Giraffes Spotted in Kenya


Rare white Giraffes Spotted in Kenya

A pair of rare white giraffes, a mother and child, have been spotted in Kenya and captured on video for the first time.

The unique giraffes suffer from a genetic condition called leucism, which prevents pigmentation in skin cells and results in a white, pale colour.

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White giraffe spotted by Hirola rangers in the hirola's geographic range, North Eastern Kenya.


Rare white Giraffes Spotted in Kenya

The reticulated giraffes, a mother and child, suffer from a genetic condition called leucism, which inhibits pigmentation in skin cells. Unlike albinism, animals with leucism continue to produce dark pigment in their soft tissue, which explains the white giraffes’ dark eyes and other colouring.

After local residents tipped them off, conservationists found the giraffes in the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in Kenya’s Garissa county.


Rare white Giraffes Spotted in Kenya
Rare white Giraffes Spotted in Kenya