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Excitement as World’s Only White Giraffe in Kenya Gets PregnantBy ATTA®
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) on Monday took to social media to share the great news of the rare white giraffe in Kenya that is expecting a second calf.
According to KWS, the white Giraffe is based in Ilshaqbini Hirola Sanctuary, Ijara Sub-county in Garissa is the only one of it’s kind in the world.
“Did you know that the Ishaqbini Hirola Sanctuary, located in Ijara Sub-county, Garissa County, is home to both the critically endangered Hirola Antelope & the only white giraffe in the world? Having birthed a male calf in Feb 2017, mama giraffe is again expectant,'' the conservator tweeted.
In 2017, the mama giraffe had given birth to a male calf in February raising everyone’s hope that the giraffe will continue to bear calves.
Kenyans took to social media to celebrate the good news with most urging KWS to offer the utmost care to the endangered species as well as ensure maximum protection of other endangered species.
A Twitter user commented, “Now this is what you should be tweeting. I want to come to see for myself this white Giraffe, looks beautiful.”
Statements by KWS further revealed the organisation's anticipation of another white giraffe from the heavily pregnant rare species to increase the population of the White Giraffe.
“And as we await the newborn, the source of excitement is whether the baby will be white too,” expressed the elated KWS officials.
According to scientific reports, the gestation period of a giraffe is 14 to 15 months. Kenyans on social media anticipating the birth of the calf termed the wait as a 'baby watch'.
This revelation of the rare species also brought to light the existence of rare black panther species in Kenya that was proved by footage of the black leopard alongside two young cubs at the Mpala Research Center in Laikipia County.
Popularly known as the black panther, the highly secretive and unique feline was captured using San Diego Zoo's Global remote cameras that had been set up as far back as October 2018.