When Baboons turn White

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On a recent trip to South Luangwa while taking a siesta break at Mwamba camp I was lured outside my room by a noisy troop of Yellow Baboons. Taking a closer look I found one of the babies was all white apparently a common phenomenon in this part of the world according to local guides. The little guy seemed to get a lot of extra attention from fellow mates and troop females in particular. Research seems to indicate these baboon have picked up genes from a smaller northern baboon subspecies called Kinda and are not necessarily an albino. They tend to lose white within the first year. I later found traces of white patches in Puku in the same area. I have also witnessed another white Yellow Baboon baby in North Kafue National Park.

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