Natural wonders: White giraffes captured on camera for first time

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Next, both of the rare white giraffes run into a regular giraffe.

Early june this year, reports of a white baby giraffe and its mother were reported to us by the rangers who got the report from one of the villagers adjacent to the Ishaqbini conservancy.

The giraffes were spotted in the Ishaqbini conservancy in Garissa County, Kenya.

Conservationists followed up the reports two months later, and managed to track down the animals in August.

Reticulated giraffes are native to Somalia, southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya.

A blog post by the Hirola Conservation Programme (HCP) about the animals said: "They were so close and extremely calm and seemed not disturbed by our presence".

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Their appearance is a result of a heritable genetic condition called leucism, which reduces pigmentation in skin cells. Sufferers of albinism have a similar colour loss in hair and skin but they also have this in their eyes. The white giraffes in the video have dark eyes.

The white giraffes are a mother and baby and they freely roam around the conservation in the video. It was evident that the coloration especially on the mother giraffe was not as conspicuous as the baby.

A GHOSTLY pair of rare white giraffes have been caught on camera for the first time in Kenya.

When you think of a giraffe, a long neck and brown spots probably come to your mind first, right?

Giraffes, the world's tallest land mammal, are listed as "vulnerable" - one step below the "endangered" category - by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which estimate about the current population to be just over 97,500.

The first documented sighting occurred in January 2016, in a national park in Tanzania.

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