Extremely rare white mother and baby white giraffes have been filmed in Kenya without the distinctive marking of its usual color and patterns.
The Giraffe species is named Camelopardalis which means, “camel-leopard – because they were originally thought to be a cross breeding of the two animals.
There have been different subspecies of giraffes with different patterns including:
- the Masai giraffes which have spots that look like oak leaves;
- the Rothschild’s giraffes boast large, brown splotches outlined by thick, pale lines;
- Kenya’s own reticulated giraffe which has a dark coat with very graphic shapes and well-defined narrow lines;
- the northern giraffe,
- Nubian Giraffe,
- the Angolan Giraffe,
- the Kordofan Giraffe,
- the West African Giraffe,
- the Rhodesian Giraffe.
These white reticulated giraffes have a genetic condition called leucism – a condition which doesn’t allow skin cells to produce pigmentation, but soft tissues, like dark eyes, do.
As rare as white giraffes are, some have been found in Tanzania – a first of which was reported in January 2016 at Tarangire National park. The two white giraffes come from Kenya and the duo is an adult and calf filmed by he Hirola Conservation Programme (HCP), a group that partners with Rainforest Trust (RT)
RT explains that the giraffes were in the region where Rainforest Trust and HCP are protecting vital habitat for the Hirola, the world’s most threatened antelope.
According to the group, report of a white baby giraffe and its mother sent by Rangers who in turn got the report from one of the villagers adjacent to the Ishaqbini Conservancy prompted them to quickly get to the scene and film the white giraffes.
As can be seen in the video, the giraffes look real just like many other animals with leucism including white peacocks, albino alligator, moose etc.
Watch Video of two white giraffes filmed in Kenya
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature had once raised alarm over these animals going extinct if nothing is done to prevent poachers from hunting them. Thankfully, the Kenya white giraffes are in a preserve that protects them from hunters. meantime, the
In the meantime, the ghostly giants are said to be symbols of Mother Nature.
About the white giraffes
Giraffes are currently known as the tallest mammals on earth and at adult size, they are rarely attacked or killed, by lions or hyenas – except for the juvenile, sick, or aged individuals.
However, an adult giraffe can be ambushed by crocodiles at a water hole since it has to squat to drink water. And as sadly rare as white giraffes are, they’re no ghost to predator attacks.