GHOSTS OF THE GLADES
Dive into a world where nature’s wonders take on a whole new hue! Discover the enchanting world of Leucism and Piebaldism. At our Ghosts of the Glades exhibit, you’ll get up close with our striking Albino and Pied American Alligators, and the especially unique Leucistic Pied Alligators.
Po the Pied American Alligator is 1 of only 11 known Pied Alligators living today!
Leucism and piebaldism are magical phenomena that transform ordinary creatures into breathtaking spectacles of color. Leucism shrouds animals in “snow”, revealing only their striking blue eyes, while piebaldism adorns them with a stunning array of hues in perfect harmony. Although rare, leucism is distinct from albanism.
When alligators have piebaldism, it can hinder their survival. Their pale skin lacks the protective armor against harmful UV rays and camouflage to dodge lurking predators.
In popular folklore, it is believed that seeing one of these rare and magnificent creatures brings good luck and good fortune.
It’s a blend of awe and fun, as you learn about these rare gators and their place in the wild. So, swing by and discover the lighter side of the swamp with us!