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Chacma Baboon
10-OCT-2007 Dick Keely

Chacma Baboon

South Africa

The Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus), also known as the Cape Baboon, is from the Old World monkey family, like all other baboons. With a body length of up to 1.15 m and a weight from 15 to 31 Kg, it is among the largest and heaviest baboon species. The Chacma is generally dark brown to gray in color, with a patch of rough hair on the nape of its neck but unlike other baboon species Chacma males do not have a mane. The most distinctive feature of this baboon is its long, downward-pointed face. Males can have canine teeth as long as 2 inches (longer than a lion's canine teeth). Baboons are sexually dimorphic, males being considerably larger than females. They inhabit a wide array of habitats and are omnivorous with a preference for fruits, while also eating insects, seeds and smaller vertebrate animals. When it comes to game meat, they are generally scavengers and rarely engages in hunting large animals. They are widespread and do not rank among threatened animal species. However, in some confined locations such as South Africa's Southern Cape Peninsula, local populations are dwindling due to habitat loss and some troops have become a suburban menace.

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
1/400s f/7.1 at 400.0mm iso1000 full exif

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