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Re: The white lions of Kruger

Unread postby big5spotter » Wed May 06, 2009 12:23 pm

Here is an albino buff calf and I think it is a albino mongoose!

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Maybe someone must open an albino thread! :hmz:
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Re: The white lions of Kruger

Unread postby zebedy » Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:09 pm

I saw an albino baby zebra last year (can't remember where in Kruger exactly (would have been somewhere between satara and mopani) but don't have a pic.

It was only a few days old and was white with a hint of pale grey stripes. I doubt it would have survived for long! It would glow in the dark and be cat food

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Albino???

Unread postby marissa » Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:55 am

Hey guys. saw this giraffe close to Lower Sabie. Whould like to now if it is a Albino. :hmz:
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Re: Albino???

Unread postby superstess » Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:31 am

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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Re: Albino???

Unread postby Bushmom » Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:33 am

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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Re: Albino???

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:43 am

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

Unread postby oddesy » Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:54 am

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).

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Re: Albino???

Unread postby Bushmom » Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:02 pm

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

Unread postby TheunsH » Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:24 pm

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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Re: Albino???

Unread postby Mike1916 » Sat May 01, 2010 1:14 am

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

Unread postby Bushmom » Mon May 03, 2010 11:13 pm

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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Re: Albino???

Unread postby Leeukos » Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:49 am

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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Re: Albino???

Unread postby Nannie » Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:40 am

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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White impala, no albino

Unread postby FlorisCathy » Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:38 pm

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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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread postby Aat » Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:07 pm

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. :)

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