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A Once-In-A-Lifetime Baby: Giraffe Born With No Spots At Tennessee Zoo.

giraffe with no spots

Every once in a while, nature surprises us with an extraordinary occurrence. Such is the case with a recent birth at Brights Zoo in Limestone, Tennessee. 

In an incredibly rare occurrence, the zoo welcomed a giraffe with no spots on July 31. This unique giraffe has captured the attention and curiosity of experts and visitors alike. She is believed to be the only solid-colored reticulated giraffe on the planet.

giraffe with no spots

Reticulated giraffes are typically known for their distinctive brown and orange spots, which provide excellent camouflage in their native savannah habitats. However, this particular giraffe defies convention with her unusual spotless coat. 

The birth of this spotless giraffe is an extremely rare occurrence. According to David Bright, the zoo’s director, the last recorded spotless giraffe was born in Tokyo in 1972. The giraffe was born at the Ueno Zoo, and the staff named the baby Toshiko.

Brights Zoo, recognizing the significance of this patternless baby giraffe, has decided to use her story as an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges facing giraffe populations in the wild. 

“The international coverage of our patternless baby giraffe has created a much-needed spotlight on giraffe conservation,” said Tony Bright, founder of Brights Zoo. “Wild populations are silently slipping into extinction, with 40% of the wild giraffe population lost in just the last 3 decades.”

According to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, reticulated giraffes were classified as an endangered species in 2018. The Brights Zoo hopes the spotlight on their remarkable resident will draw attention to the urgent need for giraffe conservation efforts.

spotless giraffe

To celebrate the arrival of this extraordinary giraffe, Brights Zoo has launched a naming contest, inviting visitors to participate in choosing a name for the baby. The zoo plans to close the voting on September 4 and announce the winning name shortly after. 

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