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Olive Baboons in the Samburu Complex, Kenya

Have you cleaned your ears? 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.
Young male Olive Baboon yawning, which is usually interpreted as a displacement activity to defuse tension.  adult  ales have big, dangerous 'fangs' (9k*)
All human life is here Adult baboon with a very young infant.  Watch when an adult handles a baby - they usually turn the infants upside down to see if it's a boy or girl - or so it seems! (17k)
Youngsters burning off excess energy Adult male - sleeping, sulking or depressed? (14k*) Adults are always interested in other small infants - even when they have one of their own. Sometimes this can lead to stress, as dominant females might even kidnap a young baby (16k*)
Baboons crossing the Uaso Nyiro river 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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