Friday, August 20, 2010
South Central Kansas is now home to a rare reptile, one of just 40 albino alligators in the world.
The rare species is on display, but it's newest resident is an albino alligator that goes on display to the public Saturday at Tanganyika Wildlife Park at 1000 South Hawkins Lane in Goddard.
The gator is from a Louisiana alligator farm. Tanganyika is one of only a few zoos in the country with a chance to display her to the public.
The only thing setting this gator apart from other alligators is it's appearance. But it is the appearance that hinders the albino hatchlings from surviving in the wild. Which is why they are so rare. The white skin suffers from severe sun damage and injury.
But, the albino alligators do well in captivity. If you want to catch a glimpse of the rare albino alligator, you don't have much time. She won't call Kansas home for very long. The end of the fall season may be the end of her visit to Tanganyika.
The animal does not yet have a name so the park is holding a name contest for the gator on its Facebook Fan page.