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Rare Snow-White Baby Baboon Discovered in Zambia

By Ian Salisbury

The first glimpse of a “white” baby baboon around the Mfuwe Lodge grounds about six weeks ago.

With his unusual pale colouring he was very noticeable and really stood out amongst the rest of his family. His mother, and other related females, were very protective of him, perhaps more so than with the normally-colored babies.

The first glimpse of a “white” baby baboon around the Mfuwe Lodge grounds about six weeks ago.

rare white baby baboon in zambia 2
Rare white baby baboon in zambia 2
“I’ve had the privilege of seeing him on a few more occasions as he has grown. He seems to be allowed to wander further afield, making friends with other young baboons of the same age.
He really has a lot of character and is very amusing to watch… when you can get close enough without mum grabbing him and running off!”
by Ian Salisbury

Rare white baby baboon in Zambia III He’s not an albino. He exhibits a condition known as leucism. This is an unusual situation where the pigmentation cells in an animal or bird fail to develop properly. This can result in unusual white patches, or even completely white animals, which usually darken with age. by Ian Salisbury

Rare white baby baboon in Zambia III
He’s not an albino. He exhibits a condition known as leucism. This is an unusual situation where the pigmentation cells in an animal or bird fail to develop properly. This can result in unusual white patches, or even completely white animals, which usually darken with age.
by Ian Salisbury

Just monkeying around!!

Just monkeying around!!

Yippie!!

Yippie!!

Rare white baby baboon in Zambia

Rare white baby baboon in Zambia
I’m very interesting to observe whether our baby darkens with age and just how long this takes… if he sticks around that is!
by Ian Salisbury

Rare white baby baboon in zambia

Cutie Pie!!
Rare white baby baboon in Zambia
by Ian Salisbury
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