Rare white giraffes spotted in Kenya

Image capture of video by Hirola Conservation Program
  • Two rare white giraffes were spotted in Kenya
  • A local villager saw the magnificent animals roaming near Ishaqbini Conservancy in Garrisa County
  • The mother and child giraffes suffer from a genetic condition called leucism

Two white giraffes were spotted near a wildlife conservation area in Kenya.

The mother and child reticulated giraffes were seen roaming together near the Ishaqbini Conservancy in Kenya’s Garissa County. Rangers from the Hirola Conservation Program, operator of the conservancy, were alerted by a local villager who spotted the magnificent animals.

In a blog posted on its website, the Hirola Conservancy Program said:

“The mother kept pacing back and forth a few yards in front of us while signaling the baby giraffe to hide behind the bushes, a characteristic of most wildlife mothers in the wild to prevent the predation of their young.

 “As a matter of fact, these sightings have become a common occurrence in Hirola’s geographic range and the communities in these areas have become so excited to a point where everybody has been participating in reporting the sighting of these magnificent animals.”

The giraffes have white skin due to a genetic condition called leucism or partial loss of pigmentation.

Unlike albinism, leucism is caused by a reduction in multiple types of pigment, not just melanin. The pigment cells in the eyes of leucistic animals are not affected by the condition.

Visit Hirola Conservancy Program for more details.