Sunday, 8 March 2009

Leucistic Plains Zebra

Plains Zebra (Equus burchelli)
Mara Triangle, Masai Mara (Kenya)
September 2005

The stripes in this Plains Zebra are much lighter than normal.
It is caused by a condition called leucism. The pigmentation cells in an animal/bird fail to develop as they should, resulting in white patches, a paler colouring or completely white individuals. It is not the same as albinism. In albinism the entire animal is affected and the eyes are usually red. It is an unusual condition but occasionally animals/birds like these are seen.

By comparison, a normally coloured Plains Zebra.

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