Distribution maps seem to confuse the identity of this mother and child baboon between the yellow baboon (cynocephalus) and the chacma (ursinus) subspecies within the Mana Pools National Park. Reference to the latter is more common in southern Africa. New born baboons are totally dependent upon their mothers for the first month of their lives, before acquiring locomotion skills and being able to clamber over small hurdles and other adults. By six to twelve weeks infants are able to ride their mother’s in the ‘jockey position’, commonly at the base of the mother’s tail, but it is perhaps a little more usual to see the young slung under the mother’s torso, as depicted.
(Canon 7D; f/5.6; 1/320sec; ISO-100; 350mm)
Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Please be encouraged to click on the “No Comments” or “Comments” link below and rate the photograph 1 to 5 star… this feedback is invaluable to the photographer. If you are feeling awfully kind you could Tweet it or share the link too!