A pair of rare white Giraffes have been spotted in Kenya by rangers at the Hirola Conservation Program.
The reticulated giraffes who were a mother and child aren’t albino of which many have been quick to label them as, instead they suffer from a genetic condition called leucism.
Unlike albinism, animals with leucism have skin cells which inhibit them from producing pigment but still produce dark pigment in their soft tissue, such as their eyes.
Albinism would inhibit the body from producing pigments in all organs. See this wonder below:
While the condition is not unheard of in giraffes, last seen in a giraffe calf at Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park, it is the first ever video on record taken of this rare sight.
Some of the public voiced concerns that due to the location of these animals revealed in the video, they may be more susceptible to poaching. Hirola has not announced any increase to its security yet.
Most than half of all giraffes don’t make it past six months old according to the Giraffe Conservaition Foundation as they’re targeted by predators such as lions and hyenas.
Giraffes aren’t the only animals to make headlines for their unique white fur. We previously saw a rare white moose in Sweden (see video here) walking through a river.
On land we have seen the white lion, gorilla, penguin, squirrel, snake, alligator, peacock and more
In the ocean, we have seen white whales, dolphins and even rays such as white manta rays.