Bila tint: Kenyans marvel as rare white giraffes are spotted in Garissa

The white baby giraffe and its mother
  • The rare white giraffes were first reported in June in this year
  • They have only been found in Kenya and Tanzania
  • The two, a calf and a mother, were filmed at Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in Garissa County


In June this year, a white baby giraffe and its mother were reported by rangers who had been tipped off by villagers around Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy.

The giraffes are from the species name Camelopardalis which translates to 'camel-leopard.' Initially, it was thought that they were a blend of two animals. They are actually suffering from a genetic condition called leucism which hinders pigmentation in their skin thus the white pale colour.

The giraffes have only been found in Kenya and Tanzania where they were first reported in January 2016 in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.

The rare giraffes were eventually caught on camera and the two pictured here are from Kenya. They were filmed by Hirola Conservation Programme (HCP), the group also protecting Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in Garissa, the habitat of world’s most threatened antelope.