Natural wonders: White giraffes captured on camera for first time

Frederick Owens
September 15, 2017

In just the third sighting of its kind, these extremely rare white giraffes have been filmed in Kenya.

The mother paces back and forth, signaling to her baby to hide in the trees.

. The reticulated giraffes are a mother and child and suffer from a genetic condition known as leucism which restrains pigmentation in skin cells.

It is something rarely seen: a pure white animal that usually comes in a spectrum of color.

Unlike albinism where there is only an absence of melanin, leucism is a condition that is caused by a reduction in multiple types of pigment. The area is managed by an NGO called the Hirola Conservation Programme (HCP) which is dedicated to managing the endangered hirola antelope.

Locals first saw the animals this June, the Hirola Conservation Program (HCP) wrote in a blog post, but did not record any footage of them.

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Watch the mother-child duo in the video below. "It was evident that the colouration, especially on the mother giraffe, was not as conspicuous as the baby".

Following three white giraffe sightings in Africa in two years, the Hirola Conservation Program says it could mean white giraffes will become an increasingly common sight. As reported by HCP the communities living inside the Ishaqbini have mixed reactions to the sightings of these leucistic giraffe as they are not sure what is causing these changes. "And lo! There, right in front of us, was the so hyped "white giraffe" of Ishaqbini!"

In Tanzania's Tarangire National Park, a white giraffe calf, which a local tour guide named Omo, was first spotted in January 2015 and again in January 2016.

So, what do you think of these white giraffes making their first appearance on film in Kenya?

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