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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread postby Mgoddard » Fri Jun 10, 2011 8:25 am

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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Jockelina Says:
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.
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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Sat Jun 11, 2011 2:58 pm

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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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread postby Mike1916 » Sat Jun 11, 2011 4:42 pm

Seems like i saw the same guy in December of 2009:

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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:50 pm

Who would have ever thought that there would be a thread on this forum with a different photos of different ages of one single IMPALA of KNP! :lol: Great stuff! :clap:
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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread postby Jock » Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:19 am

Unfortunately we did not see this impala while near Shingwedzi but we did see a white giraffe just below Lower Sabie. Will get the pictures soon, busy sorting them out. He is apparently also well known and has been seen many times.
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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread postby FlorisCathy » Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:11 pm

Bushbuddies wrote:Who would have ever thought that there would be a thread on this forum with a different photos of different ages of one single IMPALA of KNP! :lol: Great stuff! :clap:

Maybe there are different impala's, maybe it's just one and the same.

Jock wrote:Unfortunately we did not see this impala while near Shingwedzi but we did see a white giraffe just below Lower Sabie. Will get the pictures soon, busy sorting them out. He is apparently also well known and has been seen many times.

There are pictures from that giraf on the forum:

http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?style=2&f=67&t=20718&start=1500
Just scroll down a bit.
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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread postby KendraClaire » Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:50 pm

It is in fact leucistic. Luecism is when an animal has less melinin that other animals of its type. The opposite, melanism is when the animal has too much melinin in its skin causing: Black leopards, black wolves etc. The little guy is soooo cute!!!

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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread postby o-dog » Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:14 pm

Lovely sightings of this impala :clap:

Interestingly seen a white adult duiker at night just north east of Skukuza (2007) and heard of another one around lake Panic somewhere. By my calculations, the distance between the 2 sightings is about 7km. Wondering if its 2 different animals?

Taking the probability of any antelope's survival in the wild and the fact that there are records of quite a few white adult antelope (imapala, kudu, duiker) in the Kruger Park I really wonder how much of a disadvantage these white animals are at...a study would be interesting because its always been assumed they are at a huge disadvantage, but I wonder if it makes as big a difference as it has always been made out to be :hmz:
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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread postby FlorisCathy » Sun Jun 26, 2011 12:07 pm

I've got the pictures from Gregor:

Shingwedzi:
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He had also seen one in Mapungubwe:
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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread postby gabihotz » Sun Jun 26, 2011 5:01 pm

saw this baby baboon in south luangwa national park in zambia.

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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:48 am

Good news! Our bokkie is still alive and well. I kept my eyes peeled for him when we were in the Shingwedzi area, and as we were sitting in Kanniedood Dam Hide (20 June 2011) - there he was on the other side of the riverbed. He was a bit far off - so photos are a bit cropped:

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White and Albino

Unread postby vaughng » Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:13 am

Hi guys, does anybody have any photos of white or albino animals

Never seen them in the wild, I believe you get white baboons, White hippo, White lion etc

Thanks

and if you can tell me were you saw them, that would be awesome because going on a Kruger road trip

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Re: White and Albino

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:03 am

Hi vaughng! Check out the thread on this mammals forum about the white impala ram. He's in the Shingwedzi area - saw him there on the other side of the river - from the Kanniedood Dam Hide, on the 20th of June.

Hope that helps! Have a great trip! :thumbs_up:
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Re: White and Albino

Unread postby Vleisvreter » Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:48 pm

Hi Vaughng

I have a picture of a buffalo with a light hair coat that was taken near Afsaal by my one friend Deon who visited the park in April 2011 and then a picture of a white Nyala near Pafuri that was send to me from a colleague who works in the park. I am finding it difficult to put the pictures up so PM your email address and I will send it to you so you can maybe put it up for all to see.
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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread postby jekalo » Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:27 pm

I also saw the one in Mapungumbwe in July, will try to post pictures later. It is also a male and seemed to get along with the others well. The ranger there said he thought it had been born last year but had not seen it himself.
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