Black and white giraffes are fantastic! We can all agree on this thing . They are a symbol of Africa and can be found across the continent.
These creatures are already nicely dressed in their normal skin, but here I present to you a black melanistic giraffe and a white leucistic giraffe.
Melanism is a genetic disease that affects the melanin in animals, causing them to turn black, the opposite of albinism.
Melanism is more common in some animals than others, for example the black panther is only a melanistic leopard/jaguar.
When you think of a white animal, you usually think of albinism, which is true in most cases. But vitiligo affects all pigments in the body, which means the eyes turn pink too.
White Giraffe is actually leucistic, which is similar to albinism, but means some pigments have retained their original color.
There is currently only one white giraffe left in the world, this is largely due to poaching and their struggle to adapt to their natural environment.
A lack of pigmentation usually indicates other health problems such as skin cancer, weakened immune system, etc.