Different from the Troop
Different from the Troop: Rare White Baboon spotted In Arusha National Park, Tanzania.
By Fred Shirima - TANAPA
Wild animals that are white instead of their normal color quickly capture attention and imagination of tourists who are observing them.
They stand out among other animals with normal color, especially the ones that blend into their surroundings. Though these species are very different on the outside, they differ only in small ways on the inside.
The cells of the sighted baboon are incapable of making a pigment, which is normally a genetic condition. The rare baboons are not only the species only of wildlife with unusual color sighted in Tanzania National Parks.
A very rare species of baboon has been spotted and photographed by tourists, roaming around Arusha National Park, in Tanzania along with the rest of its troop who didn’t seem to be disturbed by his unusual color.
Photo: Furaha Mbilinyi
Unusually colored individual (Albino) in the animal kingdom is mostly a survival disadvantage to the animal. Families and social groups can exclude them because to every other member, they look foreign, but this baboon in Arusha National Park has been seen to get along with the other baboons in the troop!
The troop was observed on 14th February, 2016 along Momela Lakes. This adult olive baboon (papio anubis) in a troop of about eighteen (18) individuals was feeding in the bush and along the plains.
The Momela lakes in Arusha National Park are surrounded by a lush green rainforest, which hosts the very beautiful black and white colobus monkeys as well.
The olive baboon (Papio anubis) also called the Anubis baboon is the most wide-ranging of all baboons, being found in 25 countries throughout Africa. They have a greenish-grey coat covering their bodies. Tourists can increase their chance of discovering one of these rare oddities of nature by spending more time outdoors especially in National Parks.
Arusha National Park is one among sixteen (16) Tanzania National Parks that the country is blessed with. Tanzania also is home to world famous Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Selous just to mention a few.
In Tarangire National Park in Tanzania, for example, researchers came across a giraffe, the first of its own kind, with unusual pattern.
Similar case animals have been observed in other National Parks as well.
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A study of more than 3,000 reviews from safari adventurists and industry experts from Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and other guidebooks all agree: Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is the best in all of Africa.
SafariBookings.com, an online marketplace for African safaris, set out to put to rest the question of which park was best for African safaris. Serengeti National Park in Tanzania came out on top, which was no surprise to safari enthusiasts. The study reports, after analyzing 3,008 reviews by both safari travelers and top experts in the field, that Serengeti was the clear winner.
A total of 2,234 reviews were contributed by safari tourists from 63 countries. The remaining 774 park reviews were written by renowned experts, including guidebook authors associated with Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Frommer’s, Bradt and Footprint.
The study revealed the Serengeti received an overall rating of 4.91 out of 5 stars. This was the highest score amongst all parks, and thus the Serengeti was crowned Africa's Best Safari Park.
To add weight to this outcome, safari tourists who visited multiple parks rated the Serengeti an astonishing 16% higher than any other park. The industry experts also rated Serengeti highest. Their reviews tend to be more critical, as they can compare Serengeti to a host of parks they've visited in various countries. Regardless, Serengeti came out on top, justifying its first place ranking all the more.
When asked why Serengeti is such a desired safari destination, several repetitive themes emerged: the annual Great Migration (hosting over 2.5 million wildebeest and zebra), top wildlife viewing year-round and endless grass plains that feel like authentic Africa. Also contributing to the choice was Serengeti’s distinction as one of the best places to see most predators including lions, and thousands of wildebeest cross crocodile infested rivers. In addition, visits to the park can be easily combined with other top-class parks of Tanzania.