Chacma baboon (Papio cynocephalus ursinus) contemplates life at the side of a pool. Baboons are probably the most common species, aside from the impala antelope, in the majority of parks in southern Africa. In fact baboons tend to follow the more populous impala, often feeding off their droppings, and are known to kill (not very efficiently) and eat juvenile impala when opportunity presents itself. Socially, baboons are not unlike politicians, operating in an oligarchic community where males groom and pander more dominant females to garner support for elevation in the troop, almost to the extent of pair-bonding. Females in oestrus tend towards being promiscuous, allowing sub-adults and sometimes even juveniles to mount them and, apparently, older males are a little more discerning about with whom they copulate.
(Canon 7D; f/5,6; 1/50sec; ISO-320; 400mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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