Rare white giraffes spotted in Kenya

buzzvideosPublished: September 14, 2017Updated: September 15, 2017220 views
Published: September 14, 2017Updated: September 15, 2017

A pair of white giraffes was spotted by villagers in Kenya. The animals suffer from leucism, a genetic condition that inhibits the pigmentation of skin cells.

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Rare white giraffes captured on video in Kenyan conservation area

The reticulated giraffes, a mother and calf, lack the animal's characteristic marking patterns and colour Hirola Conservation Programme

Two rare white giraffes have been captured on camera in Kenya.

The reticulated giraffes, a mother and calf, lack the animal's characteristic marking patterns and colour.

Their appearance is a result of a heritable genetic condition called leucism, which reduces pigmentation in skin cells.

Unlike albinism, leucism does not affect eye colour.

The giraffes were spotted in the Ishaqbini conservancy in Garissa County, Kenya.

The area is managed by the Hirola Conservation Programme (HCP), an NGO protecting the habitat of the hirola antelope, which is the world's most threatened antelope.

In a blog, the HCP said the giraffes were reported to rangers in June.

"They were so close and extremely calm and seemed not disturbed by our presence," the blog said.

"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."

Rare WHITE giraffes are spotted in Kenya and captured on video for the first time

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