Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Leucistic Common Reedbuck in South Africa's Isimangaliso Wetland Park

April 2012. Adam Riley, managing director of Indri Ultimate Mammal Voyages having seen our images of leucistic impala in South Africa, sent us this photo of a leucistic Common Reedbuck is South Africa's Isimangaliso Wetland Park. The female on the right is also paler than usual, especially arounbd the face.
Isimangaliso Wetland Park covers some 330,000 hectares and contains numerous different ecosystems and nature reserves. Declared a World Heritage site in 1999, the park provides fabulous bird watching and some for great game viewing opportunities too.

                                                          Leucistic reedbuck by Adam Riley.

Leucism (or Leukism) 
Leucism is a very unusual condition whereby the pigmentation cells in an animal or bird fail to develop properly. This can result in unusual white patches appearing on the animal, or, more rarely, completely white creatures. 

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