Animal of the week – Baboon – Olive & Chacma

 

Olive Baboon

Chacma Baboon

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Animal Type

Mammal – Primate

Mammal – Primate

Conservation Status

Lower Risk

Lower Risk

Distribution

Eastern Africa

Southern Africa

Habitat

Savannah Scrub

Savannah and City

Predators

Leopard, Lion, Cheetah and Crocodile

Leopard, Lion, Cheetah and Crocodile

Diet

Fruit, Eggs, Fish, Monkeys and newborn antelope

Fruit, Eggs, Fish, Monkeys and newborn antelope

Baboons are social animals and live in large groups called troops. They are often seen with Impala because Baboon and Impala help each other keep safe by teaming up their senses. Despite this alliance Baboons will attempt to catch newborn Impala. Chacma Baboons are very tame. They are pests at the campsites in the wild and at the resorts and attractions in the city. Baboons will steal food from tourists. Baboons spend most of the day on the ground searching for food and playing with other members of the troop. In the night Baboons will go to their sleeping spot in the trees. Baboons have several sleeping spots around there territory and will sleep in the safest one. Chacma Baboons live for about 45 years whilst Olive Baboons live 30 ‘ 45 years.


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