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Leucistic Forest buffalo in Gabon

20/04/2013 08:28:48 world/Africa_2012/gabon_buffalo Dwarf forest buffalo with unusual colouring 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.

The buffalo in the background has the usual colouring.

The buffalo in the background has the usual colouring.

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. 

Click here to see our gallery of albino and leucistic animals and birds.  

Our thanks to Parcs Gabon for this information 

 

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