The Cape May County Zoo has been a summer home to an Albino American Alligator but her vacation is coming to an end. There are only fifty known Albino American Alligators in the World! The alligator, on loan from the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, will remain on exhibit in the Zoo’s Reptile House through September 30, 2011.
The Albino Alligator has a naturally occurring gene mutation that eliminates the production of a skin pigment called melanin. Without this skin pigment the alligator becomes albino. Albino alligators are exactly the same as other alligators except for their coloration. Albino alligators, much like most albino animals, do not exist in the wild as they lack camouflage to protect them from predators. Also, they are very sensitive to sunlight and must be kept indoors. Because it is a genetic mutation that causes albinism the parents of an Albino Alligator are of normal coloration.
The public can visit the Albino American Alligator in the Reptile House at the Cape May County Zoo from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.