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Amazing Baboons

There are five different species of baboons and they all live in Arabia or Africa. Some baboons are the world’s largest monkeys. They prefer savanna and semi-arid habitats. There are a few baboons that live in tropical forests.

Baboons are adept at climbing trees in which they eat and sleep. Much of their time is spent on the ground. They love to eat crops so the African farmers are not their friends, They enjoy fruits, grasses, seeds, roots, and bark. When they have an appetite for meat they eat rodents, birds, and some larger mammals such as sheep and antelope.

Four species of baboons – yellow, chacma, olive, and Guinea, are known as savanna baboons. The form large troops that can consist of as much as hundreds of baboons, To show their strength the dominate rivals. Within the troop, they spend hours grooming one another to remove dead skin and insects.

Hamadryas baboons are a fifth species live in the hills along the Red Sea coasts in Arabia and Africa. These are cliff-dwelling baboons that by day forage and come together in smaller groups at night.

The photo is of a male Hamadryas baboon.

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