Over the Beautiful & Diverse Landscapes of Ishaqbini, Kenya A White Giraffe Ruminates.
A very Rare gene mutation has sent famous wildlife photographers from all over the world to a a rare destination in the horn of African, Kenya, In the country where the “safari” (journey) was born, one can discover a beautiful diversity of landscapes, myriad forms of animal, bird and plant life, as well as a rich heritage of traditional cultures.
The country undoubtedly offers a wildlife experience that is unmatched anywhere else. After all it is not called magical Kenya for nothing. Speaking of magical, a rare white giraffe has been spotted in Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy, Garissa County a place that has been hitting the headlines with all the vices, on extremists taking innocent lives to a tourist hotspot for nature lovers and animal enthusiasts.
According to the Daily Mail, Jamie Manuel caught an all-white Rothschild giraffe on camera after much discussion of its alleged existence, in the northern Kenya and am sure to pack my sleeping bags and wipe my lenses again for a chance to capture the same on my own.
The white giraffe has been little more than a rumor for the NRT team until some time ago it was spotted from the NRT aircraft,” Manuel told the newspaper. “A few weeks ago I decided to see if I and the Ishaqbini Community Rangers could find the giraffe on the ground. Word was sent out that we were on the trail of the white giraffe and slowly herders sent word back of the general area it had last been seen in.
The animal was purported to have leucism, a skin condition that makes its skin appear mostly all white, with brown hair streaks. The Berkeley Science Review observed that leucism in the wild occurs with the introduction of a recessive gene in animals which causes a defect in skin pigmentation and has been observed in many different animals like lions and alligators.
The Rothschild giraffe is one of the most rare types of giraffe in the world, with only a few hundred left living in the wild, predominantly in two wildlife refuges in Kenya. Unlike albinism, the rare animals with leucism maintain some of their original color and aren’t completely white. A few biologist are drawing to a conclusion the that the giraffe is now a victim of leucism, a genetic condition which means many of her body surface cells are incapable of making pigment.
Word was sent out that the team was trying to find the animal, and herders began to report back when they’d caught sight of the animal. Last week they set off to track the creature down – and succeeded on their second day of searching
The animal was found among a 20-strong herd in a clearing in the forest. Manuel said: “The rangers were thrilled to get a closer look, and were pleased to see that the animal looked healthy and was feeding well. Biologist might be on their way as well to study what causes the white giraffe phenomenal.
Despite being very rare, the animal is the second leucistic giraffe to make headlines this year. The first, named “Omo”, was photographed in January at a national park in Tanzania by ecologist Dr Derek Lee, who said: “Her chances of surviving to adulthood are good but adult giraffes are regularly poached for bush meat, and her colouration might make her a target. “We and our partners are working on giraffe conservation and anti-poaching to help give Omo and her relatives a better chance of survival. “We hope that she lives a long life and that someday she has calves of her own.”