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Pete Thorpe

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Right from his very first bush trip at the age of four, Pete was always enthralled by this environment. Having grown up in the Middle East, Pete’s home-away-from-home has always been a bungalow in the Greater Kruger National Park, where his family had ...

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on A White Elephant On Londolozi?

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Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Fascinating!! Will definitely be very interesting to follow this calfs progress.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Very interesting, Pete. I remember the similar little calf seen previously – do we know what became of her? We viewed a leucistic Anna’s hummingbird here in CA last year & a leucistic kingfisher once in Zimbabwe, both with characteristics just as you describe. Is it more common in birds, I wonder…

Vin Beni
Senior Digital Ranger

Hope you’re able to keep track of this calf,

Chelsea Allard
Explorer

I hope this little elephant survives and is present frequently enough for you to keep track of him/her.

Wendy Macnicol
Senior Digital Ranger

I certainly didn’t know of this condition. Interesting. However one cannot help feeling sorry for the little chap. Life can be difficult enough surviving in the Bush without additional complications like this. Please keep us informed about this small ellie, will you? It would be so appreciated. Thank you, Pete. Wendy M

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Ranger

Wow ? what a surprise, I knew white elephants lived sometimes in Asia, but had no idea they existed in Africa. I hope he does well and look forward to maybe seeing him in January. Victoria

Judith Guffey
Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks for the explanation…Wikipedia or not.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Really informative Pete. I had no idea. I hope I can see this little one. I’ve seen white lions, the hermaphrodite female lion in Botswana, etc. so this is fascinating for me. Isn’t nature wonderful and full of surprises!!

Gawie Jordaan
Senior Digital Ranger

Fascinating Pete!

Wow! This was such an interesting read! Please keep us updated!

Ian McLaren
Explorer

You mention: “There was a previous sighting recorded on Londolozi too.” Do you know what became of the previously recorded leucistic calf?

Sam & Mary-Jane Armacost
Guest contributor

Such an interesting blog, Pete. Keep us posted about this little elephant. Mary Jane

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It seems as if more leucistic animals are spotted through out the greater Kruger lately. Is it perhaps that there are more people driving around especially in Kruger and with social media we are made more aware of this phenomenon?

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