A Pair Of Extremely Rare White Giraffes Has Been Caught On Video In Kenya Conservation Area
Recently, a pair of extremely rare white giraffes has been filmed in Northeastern Kenya for the first time. The sight is really priceless. The giraffes have been seen walking around the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy, an area managed by Hirola Conservation Program that is dedicated to preserve endangered Hirola antelopes.
The local residents claimed that a white giraffe and a baby had been seen in the area. After a few months, the giraffe and her baby were caught on a camera by rangers.
In the video, we can notice that both the giraffe and her baby have Leucism, a genetic condition that causes skin cells to produce no pigmentation. Animals, which suffer from Leucism, have dark pigmentation in the soft tissues, which explains their dark eyes and coloring.
In spite of their inability to produce pigmentation, even though uncommon, giraffes and other species, such as penguins, hippos and eagles, which suffer from Leucism, do not face genetic disability to survive, but their bright coloring and lack of camouflage could attract unwanted predators.
Generally, a half of the giraffes are targeted by predators, like hyenas and lions, after six months of their age. After the video has been shared by the Hirola Conservation Program, the viewers showed their concern that the images of the rare white giraffes could expose them to poaching.
It is the third time in history that rare white giraffes have been wandering around the area. In March 2016, it was reported that a white giraffe was spotted in the same Hirola Conservancy, whereas in January 2016, a calf was noticed in Tarangire National Park in Tanzania.
Watch the video of the extremely rare white giraffes below.