RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Two extremely rare white giraffes have been killed by hunters in northeast Kenya, environmentalists say.
Forest rangers found the carcasses of the female and her calf in a village in Garissa County, northeast Kenya. A third white giraffe (male) is still alive. Environmentalists believe it is the only specimen in the world.
Its white appearance is due to a rare condition called leucism, which causes skin cells to be devoid of pigmentation, but, unlike albinism, has other colored cells, particularly dark eyes.
The head of Kenya's Community Preservation, Ishaqbini Hirola, Mohammed Ahmednoor, said that the . . .