Monday, May 2, 2016
Omo - The White Giraffe
Omo is an extremely rare white giraffe in Tanzania. She’s now old enough to avoid the threat of lions and hyenas but faces the risk of being taken down as a rare prize for hunters and poachers.
Omo isn't albino; she has a genetic condition called leucism.
Leucism is a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal resulting in white, pale, or patchy coloration of the skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticle, but not the eyes. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in multiple types of pigment, not just melanin.