15-Month old rare white Giraffe Spotted in Tarangire National Park in Tanzania by Dr Derek Lee. Dr. Lee is founder and scientist at the Wild Nature Institute. Omo, the rare White Giraffe was 1st spotted last year.
“She survived her first year as a small calf, which is the most dangerous time for a young giraffe due to lion, leopard and hyena preying on them,” ecologist and Wild Nature Institute (WNI) founder Derek Lee.
“Omo appears to get along with the other giraffes, she has always been seen with a large group of normally coloured giraffe – they don’t seem to mind her different colouring,”
“Omo is the only pale giraffe we are currently aware of, but we have also observed leucistic waterbuck, cape buffalo and ostrich in Tarangire’”
“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”
“Omo appears to get along with the other giraffes, she has always been seen with a large group of normally coloured giraffe”
Wild Nature Institute does scientific research, public education and advocacy for the preservation of wild nature.They are conducting the biggest ever giraffe research project, using giraffe’s natural spot patters to identify every individual giraffe, documenting the lives of more than 2,100 giraffe in Tarangire National Park.
Source – wildnatureinstitute.org