theguardian.com - 10 days ago
Rare white giraffes spotted in Kenya conservation area
A pair of giraffes with leucism, a condition that inhibits pigmentation in skin cells, have been filmed by conservationists for the first time A pair of rare white giraffes have been spotted in Kenya, to the delight of local residents and conservationists.
The reticulated giraffes, a mother and child, suffer from a genetic condition called leucism, which inhibits pigmentation in skin cells. Unlike albinism, animals with leucism continue to produce dark pigment in their soft tissue, which explains the white giraffes’ dark eyes and other colouring. Greenpeace Africa (@Greenpeaceafric) Did you see these pale white giraffes?! https://t.co/wUWOqdOzAb pic.twitter.com/926sfZLFD8 After local residents tipped them off, conservationists found the giraffes in the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in Kenya’s Garissa county. The area is managed by the Hirola Conservation Programme (HCP), an NGO dedicated to preserving the critically endangered hirola antelope, one of the rarest in the world. The HCP wrote in a blog post that the giraffes were first reported to rangers in June by a local villager. “They were so close and extremely calm and seemed not disturbed by our presence.
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