NC Zoo welcomes white alligators

Posted March 28, 2011

— White alligators, natural anomalies that have fascinated people for years, are the newest attraction at the North Carolina Zoo. 

The “Swamp Ghosts: Legends of Fortune and Good Luck” exhibit in the zoo’s African Pavilion brings the white gator together with other animals and elements thought to be lucky.

Two seven-foot, female white alligators are on loan from Florida’s St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park. The animals are scientifically known as albinos. The white color results from a genetic defect of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes.

Albino animals are very rare because the characteristics that set them apart also make them more vulnerable to predators, more obvious to prey and less likely to find a mate within their species.


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  • imsosorry Apr 1, 2011

    Raptor06, that is sooooo true !!!

  • leastwo2001 Apr 1, 2011

    you guys are crazy, LOL!

  • Crankyone Mar 31, 2011

    That is Pepsi out the Nose funny, (POTNF), Raptor 06.

  • twnluv Mar 31, 2011

    @ Raptor, no they wouldn't becaue they obviously have special needs due to their Albinism.. they would put them in a magnet school!

  • arbowes Mar 30, 2011

    Hilarious! @Raptor06

  • kellypratz Mar 30, 2011

    Raptor06: that was too funny.

  • Raptor06 Mar 29, 2011

    Now, that's diversity. Don't let the Wake County School Board find out about them. They would try to assign them to neighborhood ponds.

  • luv to camp Mar 29, 2011

    Since WRAL didn't say; They will be on exibit from April through October 2011. Go to:

  • Unknown Caller Mar 29, 2011

    I know my kids will love seeing these...