Sunday, 21 April 2013

Leucistic Forest buffalo in Gabon


April 2013. Local conservation staff in the Moukalaba-Doudou National Park, in south-west Gabon, spotted a very unusual white buffalo.

The animal was part of a herd on the banks of the Mbani River. Moukalaba-Doudou National Park has a very healthy population of forest buffalo but this is the first time that a white animal has been recorded in Gabon.

Wildlife Extra has a record of leucistic Cape buffalo in South Africa, click White buffalo calves on South African reserve.

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. 


Our thanks to Parcs Gabon for this information 

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