A female white giraffe and her white calf were spotted by villagers in Kenya recently.
Conservationists who hurried to the site managed to take what is believed to be the first known video footage of white giraffes, said Dr Abdullah H. Ali, who founded Hirola and has been working to conserve the critically endangered hirola antelope in the eastern part of the country.
The giraffes were with other normal coloured reticulated giraffes.
WATCH: First known footage of white giraffes
A genetic condition known as leucism
The white giraffes are an example of animals with a genetic condition known as leucism, which inhibits pigmentation in skin cells. The condition occurs across the animal kingdom – birds, lions, fish, peacocks, penguins, eagles, hippos, moose and snakes have displayed the trait.
Leucism is not albinism. Animals with albinism produce no melanin. Animals with leucism may have darker pigment in their soft tissue, and their eyes retain a normal colour. The eyes of animals with albinism are usually red.
The communities in the area are “excited” about the rare sightings of leucistic giraffes and are standing together to protect them.