Video Of The Week — Rare White Giraffes Sighted In Kenya


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Photo Credit: Hirola Conservation Center

Earlier this year in June, a villager in Garissa County, Kenya stumbled upon a rare sight — two white giraffes! Having never seen anything like it before, he immediately ran over to inform the rangers at the nearby Hirola Conservation Center, established to protect the critically endangered hirola antelope. Cameras in hand, the troopers rushed to the area to capture the first-ever video of the extremely rare specimens, who fortunately, appeared to be in no hurry to leave.

Not surprisingly, the recently-released footage of the adult and juvenile giraffe is creating a stir worldwide. According to experts, the lack of color is not a result of albinism, a congenital disorder caused by the reduction or absence of the pigment melanin. Instead, these giraffes have a condition called leucism, which is characterized by a partial loss of a number of different types of pigments, not just melanin. This causes the skin to appear patchy, or entirely white. While the juvenile giraffe in the video still has some faint spots, the rangers expect them to fade away as the animal becomes older.

Photo Credit: Hirola Conservation Center

Before this, there have only been a few other sightings of leucistic giraffes. In January 2015, the first specimen, a calf, was seen at Tanzania's Tarangire National Park. Named Omo after a popular local detergent, it was spotted at the same park again in January 2016. A few months later, in April 2016, another one was spotted and captured on camera in the vicinity of the most recent sightings. Hopefully, the giraffes will continue to delight the locals and the world with more frequent visits.

Resources: Hirola Conservation Center

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  • coolkid77
    coolkid77Monday, December 7, 2020 at 1:12 pm
    adorable! and if they could survive snowy climates they would be invisible!
    • mpt657
      mpt657Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 8:35 am
      there is one at my zoo
      • hermione377
        hermione377Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 10:46 am
        omg that's so cool is it albino though?
      • fox1568
        fox1568Monday, September 21, 2020 at 11:16 am
        SO CUTE!
        • earthgirl33
          earthgirl33Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 2:22 pm
          SO CUTE!
          • ellie0307
            ellie0307Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 10:08 pm
            I heard two of them were killed but still, they are cool!
            • iamgood
              iamgoodThursday, July 9, 2020 at 5:02 pm
              Cool, I didn't know giraffes could be white
              • squirrelflight
                squirrelflightWednesday, June 24, 2020 at 11:45 am
                Cool! I love animals, and I’ve never heard of white giraffes before. They’re so cute!
                • lovebooks123
                  lovebooks123Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 12:06 pm
                  I've never seen a white Giraffe ever in my live in till now
                  • soccersprout
                    soccersproutWednesday, May 6, 2020 at 11:18 am
                    These are so cool I've never seen something like this in my entire life
                    • instealth
                      instealthTuesday, April 7, 2020 at 6:48 am