White Giraffes are extremely rare, which is why it is really difficult to photograph or record them on video.
However, luckily, one person has managed to record a white Giraffe in the African country of Kenya.
And despite some newspapers and blogs claiming that it is the first time in history, it isn’t as there have been sightings of white Giraffes before, but as the Verge puts it in a previous article, “every time a candid white animal is immortalized in a photo, people freak out.”
The white, unusual yet elegant Giraffes were filmed walking among other ‘normal’ Giraffes near the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy.
But the white appearance of the giraffes isn’t a normal feature. As explained by experts, their white appearance is caused by a condition known as Leucism, a genetic disorder which prevents pigmentation from taking place. Leucism also results in the partial loss of hair, or scales.
As noted by experts, leucism occurs across the animal kingdom, as it has been spotted in birds, lions, fish, peacocks, penguins, eagles, hippos, moose and snakes.
The first time the white Giraffes were filmed was in June of 2017 also near the
Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy, when villagers spotted the rare animals and hurried off to tell rangers what they had spotted.
Eventually, conservationists rushed to the site and recorded what is boated as the very first video recording of the white giraffes.
“We spent almost 20 minutes with the beautiful animals and had the pleasure of getting close-up photos and video of the duo,” he said by email. “To our surprise, one normal color reticulated giraffe also was among the mother and calf. You can compare the difference,” said Abdullahi H. Ali, as reported by the NY Times last year.
“They were so close and extremely calm and seemed not disturbed by our presence. The mother kept pacing back and forth a few yards in front of us while signaling the baby giraffe to hide behind the bushes,” explained Hirola on their website.
White animals are rare in nature, but that doesn’t mean people weren’t lucky enough to spot these incredible animals and record their sighting.
For example in 2017, a rare white Moose was filmed in Sweden.
— Daniel Schneider (@BiologistDan) August 13, 2017