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Olive Baboons in the Samburu Complex, Kenya
|It's always worthwhile spending time with a baboon troop. The baboons in the Samburu complex are Olive Baboons - the males are big and fierce. Some troops are large, with many males - mating takes place frequently and 'promiscuously'. Relationships are maintained - or initiated - by grooming.|
Babies travel along clinging onto their mothers' undersides, supported by their mother's arm when they are newborn. After about two months, they begin to ride jockey-style on their mother's back.
|While we were watching the elephants in the river, Jimmy pointed out the baboons crossing the river at the other side. He said they always bounce across at speed, for fear of the big crocs which are usually lurking, but this time, they were already aestivating, because of the low water level (July 2002).|
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