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PRIMATE SPECIES: Baboon



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Yellow Baboon
© Gary Bradshaw

The baboon is the largest of all the Old World monkeys. They live in groups of between 10 and 100, although usually about 40 stay together throughout their lives. They stick very close together for safety, and no baboon wanders very far from the group at any time. Each group of baboons has a dominant male, who makes all of the decisions and generally looks after the others.

Baboons wander the African plains, feeding on plants, buds, and fruit. They often stay close to where gazelle's are grazing, each species of animal alerting the other if danger is near.

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