Gorgeous Golden Zebra Turns Heads At Hawaii Refuge, Stunning Beauty Is Named Zoe, Highlight Hollywood News

With so much bad news in the world, Highlight Hollywood tries to bring stories of animals, which we love, and this one is truly special. Zoe is one of the rarest zebras in existence. She is what is called a Golden Zebra, although some  refer to her as a “white” zebra. Zoe is the only Golden Zebra known to  be in captivity at this time. Zoe was born on the Island of Molokai,  Hawaii in 1998 and shortly after her and her mother, Oreo, were moved to the Three Ring Ranch, which is an animal sanctuary on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Many people wrongly refer to Zoe as an albino, though Zoe actually is not an albino  zebra. She has a condition called amelanosis. Amelanism, or amelanosis,  is a pigmentation abnormality characterized by the lack of color pigments called melanins. Albinism is the complete absense  of color pigments or melanins. Zoe’s body is white and her stipes are a beautiful golden beige color. She also has beautiful bright blue eyes!

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As of now, the only health problems they are aware of is the fact  that she has poor night vision.  As she ages she may incur some  complications due to the amelanism such has kidney problems.  As a  precaution she is fed a low protein diet and is monitored closley for  skin cancer, which is more common among animals with amelanism. Because  of her condition, Zoe will not be bred.

 
 
 
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  Bill Adams
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