tanzania animals

This young giraffe calf named Omo suffers from a genetic disorder called Leucism which makes her usually reddish coat appear a striking white. The condition (not to be confused with Albinism) is relatively common among other animals, particularly birds, but has never been documented in a wild giraffe before. Beautiful as she may be, rangers at the Tarangire National Park in Tanzania fear that Omo is at very high risk of being targeted by poachers. It’s likely that this innocent animal will live in constant danger of losing her life to heartless individuals only interested in making a profit.

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An ecologist set up 225 camera traps in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. She was left with an enormous number of photos and the daunting task of sifting through them. Another ecologist had the idea of crowdsourcing the project; 30,000 people visited their site, and the volunteers found animals in more than 300,000 of the photos.

Here’s a small sampling of what they found (a cheetah, a zebra, a baboon, a Thompson’s gazelle and a southern ground hornbill, if you’re keeping score). See more photos and read more about the Snapshot Serengeti project here.

Photos: Snapshot Serengeti