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.