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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:55 pm

The white impala did not seen particularly "part of" the rest of the impalas around as he was wandering about /grazing / browsing a little way off from a dispersed herd of mixed sex and age. Initially I though he was the only ram about, but now I am not so sure about that observation anymore.
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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread postby lorrainepring » Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:54 am

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ALBINO VERVET MONKEY - anyone know of one in SA??

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:36 pm

I have just been back from a two week holiday in Kenya and whilst staying at my sisters tea farm in Western Kenya I saw an Albino Vervet Monkey. He was an Alpha male and massive by any vervet standards.
Seems this is the first albino vervet ever recorded/spotted in Kenya.

Does anyone know of something similar in SA/Sanparks?????
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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread postby Vlakvarkvrou » Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:23 pm

Near Mpondo Dam, KNP on 14 September 2011

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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread postby Ranred » Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:59 pm

This Impala was seen near the Kanniedood dam hide on the 10th of April this year. From the slightly grey patches on the back I think this may be the same impala that was seen by Bushbuddies at the same location!

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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread postby okie » Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:32 pm

And a really beautiful specimen he is turning out to be :thumbs_up:
Give him one more year to mature further , and he may aquire his own harem and then may even pass on his white genes :)
Seen at Kanniedood on 15th April 2012 .

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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:17 am

Good to see he is still doing well! :thumbs_up:
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Pink Elephants

Unread postby Tarryn C » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:06 pm

How often can one use the phrase "I saw a pink elephant" without referring to the heavy night of partying that they had the night before?

Yesterday, at approximately 16:20 I was crossing the Olifants River Bridge heading towards Satara when that exact phrase came out of my mouth. There was a relatively large matriarchal herd that had come down to the river for a swim and after watching them for a while, I noticed a very lightly coloured elephant calf. After looking through my binoculars and checking and double checking that I wasn't seeing things, I realised that I was looking at a pink elephant, literally.

After doing some research on this phenomenon, I have realised just how uncommon it is to see such a thing and also realised how lucky I was to be in the right place at the right time.

One question that I have is about the chances of survival of this young calf? Have the pink elephant calves that have been spotted in the park before been monitored and did any of them ever reach sub-adult/adult status?
I realise that in the harsh South African sun, having an unpigmented skin can not at all be beneficial to survival but I hope in my heart of hearts that this little calf is a success story!

If anyone else has seen this calf or could provide regular updates as to its progress, that would be wonderful.

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Re: Pink Elephants

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:59 am

A very warm welcome to you Tarryn and what a wonderful first post. :D

Now that is really cute. It would be interesting to hear from other mites, but I should imagine that Lions are not going to tackle an eliie calf in a hurry with big mama around.

Very interesting photo. 8)
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Re: Pink Elephants

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:10 am

:yaya: Welcome Tarryn C :D

What an unusual and very special sighting...too cute. :clap: :clap:

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up:
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Re: ALBINO VERVET MONKEY - anyone know of one in SA??

Unread postby RosemaryH » Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:01 pm

Also a stunning picture of one on this page of BluTuna’s Trip Report Escape from the Rat Race. Another live TT from BT
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Not drunk but seeing pink elephant,

Unread postby jekalo » Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:22 am

Yesterday I was at the Matambeni bird hide when a small herd of 19 elephant came out of the bush on the opposite side of the river.
The herd contained several young and a couple of babies as well as the adults.
There was a baby pink elephant in the group.
At first I thought it was just coloration from rolling in the sand but on closer inspection through my 600 mm lens, I determined that it was indeed a natural pink pigmentation of the entire body of the little one and it was particularly bright behind the ears when it flapped them.
The baby was accompanied at all times by what I assume was its mother and an older sibling.
The pink one tended to stay in the shade of the mother and kept for the most part between the two when walking.
When they got to the river and crossed it, the adults gathered around the pink one to protect it from a large croc that shadowed the group.
The water is deep at that point and all you could see were trunks projecting out of the water and the little one almost riding on the backs of the adults. Image
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Re: Not drunk but seeing pink elephant,

Unread postby johanrebel » Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:41 pm

jekalo wrote: I determined that it was indeed a natural pink pigmentation of the entire body of the little one and it was particularly bright behind the ears when it flapped them.
I've seen one of those too, exactly as you describe it, except it was an adult, not a baby. This pink elephant was then found early one evening in the clutches of a yellow lion. This particular young male lion had a white belly, yet he was a yellow-bellied coward. He had become separated from the rest of the pride, so there he was, muching all by himself on the pink elephant. A really fresh pink elephant too, the blood was still oozing out of the trunk. Not sure how it died, but I somehow doubt the credit belonged to the yellow lion.

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Re: Pink Elephants

Unread postby Wild@Heart » Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:22 am

Saw this little guy in the Letaba river bed on the H1-5 on the 31st of March. Did not seem to be suffering and was full of life, running around, flapping ears, trying to teach his trunk to do what he wants it to do .. The rest of the heard treated him same as all the others ...

I do hope the little guy gets a chance in nature to live a great life ...

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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread postby Ranred » Thu May 30, 2013 5:31 pm

Is there any news on said impala? Anyone seen a white impala in the Kanniedood area recently?
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