Brights Zoo in northeastern Tennessee has announced a rare birth: a spotless giraffe calf, drawing worldwide attention from animal enthusiasts. Such occurrences, potentially due to genetic anomalies like albinism or vitiligo, are rarely recorded, with only a few instances documented in the past. Usually, giraffes’ spots offer them camouflage in the wild.
Breaking tradition, Brights Zoo highlighted this unusual birth to advocate for giraffe conservation. Despite a decline in the giraffe population from 155,000 in the 1980s to about 117,000 today, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation remains hopeful about its preservation efforts.
The zoo invites the public to suggest names for the calf, with a naming announcement due on September 4. They are also seeking donations for giraffe conservation, emphasizing the need to ensure these majestic creatures thrive in the wild. The unique calf symbolises conservation and the beauty of nature’s anomalies.