Brights Zoo in Tennessee, USA, is celebrating. Why? For the birth of a giraffe that is unique in the world. It has no skin pattern on its coat and its entire body is brown. She is the incredible spotless giraffe.
On Monday of this week they officially introduced the new giraffe calf. The baby was born last July 31 with a solid brown color. Tony Bright, founder of the zoo, provided details of this peerless animal. “Giraffe experts believe it is the only solid-colored reticulated giraffe living anywhere on the planet.”
Almost a month after her birth, the giraffe is already 1.8 meters tall. She can already walk on her own and is under the care of her mother. She has been captured on several occasions grooming her baby’s skin. Bright explained that in the last few hours they have received a lot of attention from different giraffe experts internationally. The last record of a giraffe born without spots was in 1972 and was recorded in Tokyo, Japan.
“It’s a much-needed focus on the conservation of these animals,” he commented. “Wild populations are slipping slightly toward extinction.” The zoo will hold a contest for people to choose one among four names of Swahili (Tanzanian) origin. They would be Kipekee (unique), Jamella (of great beauty), Shakiri (most beautiful) or Firyal (extraordinary).
They hope that the birth of this unique specimen in the world will inspire to redouble conservation efforts. These animals native to Africa are endangered. “Our first thought was that this would be excellent for conservation. Hopefully, we can get more people involved,” Bright commented. Their latest post about the incredible giraffe spotless giraffe giraffe caught the attention of thousands of people. There is no doubt that it is a unique animal, and truly beautiful.