Baby Pink Elephant at Kapama

On the morning of 25 November 2010, Cameron (our ranger) and Collen (our tracker) drove Ale and me to a see an elephant herd in the Kapama Private Game Reserve, near Kruger National Park in South Africa. A small baby elephant calf was being sheltered under one of the elephants. The calf moved out from under the elephant to reveal that it was ... a pink elephant! It may be an albino or a 'white' (leucistic) elephant. A true albino has no protective skin pigment, melanin, and has unpigmented pink eyes and white skin with no markings. A leucistic animal is white, but has dark eyes, and can have some pigmentation.