Amazing Albino and Leucistic Animals

Albino animals are rare, ghostly looking creatures, and compared to their normally-colored counterparts, they can appear rather spooky. Albinism is a disorder causing lack of pigmentation due to the inability to produce melanin. If an animal looks albino but has partial pigmentation, it may be leucistic. Leucism is a genetic condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal resulting in white, pale, or patchy coloration.

Colorless creatures are extremely rare in the wild and unfortunately don’t survive long. Between the lack of camouflage against predators and nonexistent UV protection, some albinos, like the alligator, will only live an average of 24 hours.

Though uncommon, some albinos can survive to adulthood in captivity.

What is it about albino animals that are so interesting? No matter the species, once we get a glimpse of an albino animal, we go nuts. Whatever the reason, we can all agree that there is nothing quite like the site of an albino species

From white alligators to pink elephants, here are some of the most extraordinary albinos captured on camera…

Albino Gorilla

This albino gorilla, named Snowflake, was a Western lowland gorilla who lived at the Barcelona Zoo from 1966 until his death in 2003.

Snowflake was captured in Equatorial Guinea by a farmer. The farmer had killed the rest of his group and kept Snowflake at his home for 4 days before selling him to a primatologist. Apparently, Snowflake’s testicles were harvested upon his death and preserved for possible captive breeding programs in the future.