A true milestone was experienced in the Tropiquarium of Servion, in Switzerland, since the first Galapagos giant tortoise completely albino.
Albinism is rare in turtles with about one case per 100,000 individuals compared to about one case per 20,000 individuals in humans.
Albinism is a genetic disorder characterized by a defect in the production of melanin, which is the substance that gives living beings their characteristic color. In the absence of this substance, albino individuals have white skin, hair, feathers, or scales, and often red eyes.
“Two giant Galapagos tortoises, Chelonoidis nigra, they were just born in the Servion Tropiquarium, one is black like her parents and the other is white, she is albino. These turtles, belonging to an endangered species, were born as part of a conservation program for the species. These are rare and exceptional births, especially for the albino baby. This is the first time in the world that an albino Galapagos tortoise is born and kept in captivity,” said the Tropiquarium.