Different from the Troop: Rare White Baboon spotted In Arusha National Park, Tanzania.


By Fred Shirima - TANAPA


Wild animals that are white instead of their normal color quickly capture attention and imagination of tourists who are observing them.

They stand out among other animals with normal color, especially the ones that blend into their surroundings. Though these species are very different on the outside, they differ only in small ways on the inside.

The cells of the sighted baboon are incapable of making a pigment, which is normally a genetic condition. The rare baboons are not only the species only of wildlife with unusual color sighted in Tanzania National Parks.

A very rare species of baboon has been spotted and photographed by tourists, roaming around Arusha National Park, in Tanzania along with the rest of its troop who didn’t seem to be disturbed by his unusual color.


Photo: Furaha Mbilinyi

Unusually colored individual (Albino) in the animal kingdom is mostly a survival disadvantage to the animal. Families and social groups can exclude them because to every other member, they look foreign, but this baboon in Arusha National Park has been seen to get along with the other baboons in the troop!

The troop was observed on 14th February, 2016 along Momela Lakes. This adult olive baboon (papio anubis) in a troop of about eighteen (18) individuals was feeding in the bush and along the plains.

The Momela lakes in Arusha National Park are surrounded by a lush green rainforest, which hosts the very beautiful black and white colobus monkeys as well.

The olive baboon (Papio anubis) also called the Anubis baboon is the most wide-ranging of all baboons, being found in 25 countries throughout Africa. They have a greenish-grey coat covering their bodies. Tourists can increase their chance of discovering one of these rare oddities of nature by spending more time outdoors especially in National Parks.

Arusha National Park is one among sixteen (16) Tanzania National Parks that the country is blessed with. Tanzania also is home to world famous Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Selous just to mention a few.

In Tarangire National Park in Tanzania, for example, researchers came across a giraffe, the first of its own kind, with unusual pattern.



Similar case animals have been observed in other National Parks as well.


Tanzania  National Parks (TANAPA) wishes to clarify to the Public on the application of  the recently introduced Expatriates Fee which has caused confusion since the  start of its operation.

A study of more than 3,000 reviews from safari  adventurists and industry experts from Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and other  guidebooks all agree: Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is the best in all of  Africa.

SafariBookings.com, an online marketplace for African safaris, set out to put to rest the  question of which park was best for African safaris. Serengeti National Park in  Tanzania came out on top, which was no surprise to safari enthusiasts. The  study reports, after analyzing 3,008 reviews by both safari travelers and top  experts in the field, that Serengeti was the clear winner.

A total of 2,234 reviews were  contributed by safari tourists from 63 countries. The remaining 774 park  reviews were written by renowned experts, including guidebook authors  associated with Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Frommer’s, Bradt and Footprint.

The study revealed the  Serengeti received an overall rating of 4.91 out of 5 stars. This was the  highest score amongst all parks, and thus the Serengeti was crowned Africa's  Best Safari Park.

To add weight to this  outcome, safari tourists who visited multiple parks rated the Serengeti an  astonishing 16% higher than any other park. The industry experts also rated  Serengeti highest. Their reviews tend to be more critical, as they can compare  Serengeti to a host of parks they've visited in various countries. Regardless,  Serengeti came out on top, justifying its first place ranking all the more.
        When asked why Serengeti is such a desired safari destination, several  repetitive themes emerged: the annual Great Migration (hosting over 2.5 million  wildebeest and zebra), top wildlife viewing year-round and endless grass plains  that feel like authentic Africa. Also contributing to the choice was  Serengeti’s distinction as one of the best places to see most predators  including lions, and thousands of wildebeest cross crocodile infested rivers. In  addition, visits to the park can be easily combined with other top-class parks  of Tanzania.

Source: https://www.safaribookings.com/blog/260/

Tanzania National Parks has launched a special program to tag 30 elephants in Ruaha National Park and Rungwa Game Reserve commonly known as the Great Ruaha Landscape to be monitored through the use of satellite system. The Global Environment Facility in collaboration with United Nations Development Program has committed funds to support the program.

Germany Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier yesterday handed over symbolic key of two Husky aircrafts to Tanzania National Parks and Tanzania Wildlife Authority respectively. The aircrafts will be used for anti-poaching operations in the protected areas.