Rangers from the Hirola Conservation Programme were stunned after the discovery of an extremely rare, snow white giraffe and her calf.
Leucism is a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal resulting in white, pale, or patchy coloration of the skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticle, but not the eyes. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a loss of multiple types of pigment and not just melanin. [source]
Reports had circulated of a white giraffe and her baby in the surrounding area of the Ishaqbini conservation, in Garissa County, Kenya, but the conservation rangers finally saw the real thing after a tip-off last June. The group of giraffes seemed calm as the Rangers got closer and seemed undeterred by their attendance.
Sightings of white giraffes have also been reported in Tanzania’s Tarangire National park, The video above from Kenya is the very first known video footage of the very rare, snow white giraffe.