White Impala

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Oscar Wilde said that "Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways."I was in the Kruger National Park and decided to a take drive to Mpondo Dam one morning. I was expecting to see some cats but instead came across this white Impala. I was thrilled to see such a sighting, because one doesn't always stumble across an animal that so common and yet so rare at the same time. The reason for it being white is Leucism. It's a condition characterized by a reduced pigmentation in animals. Unlike Albinism, it is caused by a reduction in all types of skin pigments, not just melanin.

Image and text by Ronesh Pharboo. 

What's the most amazing albino/leucistic animal you've seen at the Kruger National Park?

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