Baboon Framed in Leaf


The baboon (Papio cynocephalus) is probably one of the most photogenic animals in their habitat. Here in a typical pose, framed in leaf, this large male was nibbling on something in the sausage tree (Kigelia Africana), probably new shoots. Baboons have one of the more varied diets of wildlife in southern Africa; eating virtually all edible plants (fruits, seeds, buds pods and leaves) supplemented by animal or invertebrate proteins. Baboon are opportunistic reapers of young birds, reptiles and small animals and it is not unknown for them to grab at juvenile impala (Aepyceros melampus) which they almost co-habit with.
(Canon 50D; f/5.6; 1/400sec; ISO-400; 400mm)

Picture ©2010 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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