White giraffe “spotted” in Tanzania

Leucistic giraffe is mostly white with light spots and red mane.
A white giraffe in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. Photo by Wild Nature Institute.

Tarangire Park in Tanzania is home to a young giraffe with an almost-white coat, according to the Wild Nature Institute, a wildlife organization doing scientific work in Tanzania.

“This giraffe [is] not albino, but leucistic. Leucism is when some or all pigment cells (that make color) fail to develop during differentiation, so part or all of the body surface lacks cells capable of making pigment,” the institute explained in a blog post last April a few months after its scientists first “spotted” her.

Scientists from the institute saw her again in January of this year.

The 15-month-old female giraffe is known by area guides as “Omo” after a local brand of detergent. While much of her hair is white or very pale, she has an orange mane, and coloring below her knees makes it look like she’s wearing orange-dotted knee socks.

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In other giraffe news, have you ever wondered how they get water up their long throats when they bend down to slurp water from a pool or river? Scientists may have figured the physics of it out.

World Travel Awards Honor Kenya and Tanzania

Bill Jollie took this photo of Mount Kilimanjaro while climbing as part of an Ujuzi safari to Tanzania.
Bill Jollie took this photo of Mount Kilimanjaro while climbing as part of an Ujuzi safari to Tanzania.

It’s the beginning of a new year and time to look back on the past one. Every year, the World Travel Awards accepts nominations from travelers for the best places to visit around the globe. After voting, two of my favorite destinations came out on top for 2015:

In addition, Kenya received top honors overall for being the World’s Leading Safari Destination, and South Africa also received many honors for its lodges and destinations.

Want to learn what all the fuss is about? Read more about one Ujuzi traveler’s hike up Mount Kilimanjaro here. And view pictures from my exploratory safari to the Masai Mara here.

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A group of Cape buffalos rest in Masai Mara National Park, Kenya. Photo by Anne Medeiros of Ujuzi African Travel.
A group of Cape buffalos rest in Masai Mara National Park, Kenya. Photo by Anne Medeiros of Ujuzi African Travel.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Photo taken by Bill Jollie on an Ujuzi safari to Tanzania.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Photo taken by Bill Jollie on an Ujuzi safari to Tanzania.
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