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 Post subject: Albino???
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:55 am 
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Hey guys. saw this giraffe close to Lower Sabie. Whould like to now if it is a Albino. :hmz:
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 Post subject: Re: Albino???
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:31 am 
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Hi Marissa,

To me the giraffe doesn't look like an albino. Albino's usually miss all pigmentation and they have red eyes as well.
Maybe someone else knows of this condition???

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 Post subject: Re: Albino???
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:33 am 
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I think the correct term is leucistic as it does have some colouring on it.

We saw it twice on two consecutive days about 10 km apart! It (almost) excited me more than our cheetah!

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 Post subject: Re: Albino???
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Leucistic.
Albinisim is the complete lack of pigmentation

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 Post subject: Re: Albino???
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I would say that its leucistic, which is very different from being an albino, an albino has got two traits that are the same and cause the gene to display a characteristic without the melanin, while leucism is more of a co-dominance when the alleles( forms) of a gene are equally represented in the phenotype(physical appearance).

Very special photos marissa, must have been a great sighting :mrgreen: :clap: :D

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 Post subject: Re: Albino???
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We saw a zebra that fell into the ink as well. Melanistic?

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 Post subject: Re: Albino???
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Nice photo Marissa! :clap: :clap:

The colour looks a bit like the colour of a pancake...whitish with a bit of light brownish. :lol: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Albino???
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Wow! thanks for sharing marissa, special sighting indeed :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Albino???
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As said earlier in the thread, the giraffe is not an albino, but is leucistic.That means that it has some colour, but not all! It was definitely not ill. We watched them for the best part of an hour and after seeing the same giraffes the previous day, I am sure we would have seen if it was ill in any way. It was quite normal except for its colouring!
I suppose it is just very wily and lucky not to have fallen prey to lion before now as is well-grown already. A male if I judge by the horns?

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 Post subject: Re: Albino???
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Hi. I saw this giraffe also close to Onder Sabie. I don't know if it is the same one but it looks like an Albino Giraffe.

Albinism happens about every 20,000 births and they normally do not live long as they have lost their camouflage protection.

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 Post subject: Re: Albino???
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Go have a look under the Giraffe page on page 5 and page 11, I'm sure it all the same giraffe.


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 Post subject: White impala, no albino
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Hi all,

Our beloning forumite and Birdchallenger Gregor is in SA now and just text me that he saw a white impala and wondered if there is anything known about this form of impala. He is spotted in the north somewhere outside Kruger.

It has normal black eyes and is fully white. I did some google-ing which resulted that there was born a white one around Shingwedzi in 2008.

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 Post subject: Re: White impala, no albino
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FlorisCathy,
Idd there is a white impala in the Shingwedzi area. I have seen him (it is a male) two times and photographed him. It is not an albino, he has normal eyes and to my impression fully accepted in a group since he was playing around with another male (no fighting).

I just added a story about him including pictures to my Trip Report stories. :)

http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?style=2&f=27&t=48494&start=735

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 Post subject: Re: White impala, no albino
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FlorisCathy and Aat I posted this Impala on my Daily Blog in June 2009 - Shingwedzi. It was still a young one and Im very happy that it has survived. Many of the comments on that day and days after mentioned that it will probably not survive for long due to it "standing out" and it will be easy for predators to hunt it.

Here are 2 of the pics that I took during that time and also the most interesting reply I received from forum member Jockelina.....

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June 25th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

I don’t think that impala is an albino as well. It is an leucoism. Leucistic animals produce pigment, but it is expressed only in certain regions of the body. These animals are either all white or have patches of white, but the most important distinction is that they have normal-colored eyes and skin.
Read more: http://zoology.suite101.com/article.cfm ... JSDNVTTH&C

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 Post subject: Re: White impala, no albino
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Very interesting... Thanks Martie! :thumbs_up: I guess this means our blonde bokkie has to be at least 3 years old already. And according to Aat - the rest of the impala herd seem to accept him. Good for him!


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