Rare White Giraffes Captured on Film for the First Time in Kenya

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Photo: HCP

Conservationists have spotted two white giraffes in northern Kenya, a rare sighting that will warm your heart. The mother and baby were caught on film by rangers for the Hirola Conservation Program (HCP), as they calmly stroll along—even pausing to look at the camera.

The cute duo has leucism—which was also the case with a pale tiger recently spotted in India. Different than albinism, the genetic condition occurs due to reduced levels of different pigments in skin cells. Interestingly, the baby giraffe still had prominent traces of reticulation that appear to be fading away, while the mother's skin is quite bare.

Rangers first heard about the white giraffes from local villagers and rushed to get their own glimpse of the majestic beasts. The video reveals the mother pacing back and forth, as the baby stays in the background. The mother's pacing is actually a signal to let the baby know to hide in the bushes. This is a behavior characteristic of mothers working to protect their children in the wild.

The appearance of white giraffes in the area is something quite new, with the HCP noting that previously there were only two known sightings in Kenya and Tanzania. This is the first time, however, that a white giraffe has been caught on film. As sightings are becoming more common in the area, community members take care to report each occurrence. Bashir, a local community ranger, shared, “This is new to us. I remember when I was a kid, we never saw them. It must be very recent and we are not sure what is causing it.”

Rare white giraffes have been spotted by the Hirola Conservation Program in northern Kenya.

White Giraffe Kenya leucism

The mother paces back and forth, signaling to her baby to hide in the trees.

White Giraffe Kenya leucism

White Giraffe Kenya leucism

White Giraffe Kenya leucism

Watch the video and overload on the cuteness of these rare animals.

h/t: [Inhabitat]

All images via YouTube except where noted.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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