Terrorism has tarnished Garissa County’s reputation.
However, there are hidden gems in Garissa.
Among the many wonders found in this county, two rare things will surprise you whenever you visit.
Garissa is a haven of two special animals.
Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in Garissa County is the only other region you will spot a white giraffe besides Tanzania’s Tarangire Natiinal Park.
The reason behind its special colour is the leucism genetic condition that inhibits skin cells pigmentation.
The condition differs from albinism because it allows animals to have dark pigmentation wherever they have soft tissues.
Unfortunately, it is only a mother and her child that have been spotted conservationists and lcals. This means that you will have to be patient to spot this rare animal.
The Devil’s deer
The Hirola antelope alias the Devil’s deer is Garissa’s trademark.
This animal defines Garissa and its significance has helped it to be included in the county flag.
Additionally, Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy was set up to protect it from extinction.
It shares this home with the special giraffes.
The Hirola is the only surviving member of the Beatragus genus.
It has long and sharp horns with tan brown or tawny color.
Watch the white giraffe here.
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