Baboons are among the biggest monkeys in the world. Five different species have been identified, and all of them live in either Africa or Arabia. Hundreds of baboons often live together in a complex society dominated by male aggression. Groups of baboons often spend their days grooming one another to get rid of bugs and dead skin.
- Baboons have incredible vocal chords, and they can make more than 30 distinct noises, from short grunting sounds to full-blown screaming.
- They can survive for a long time by licking morning dew from their fur instead of drinking water.
- Baboons love to swing from tree to tree, but they do so without typical monkey tails to help them grip branches.
Baboons are omnivores, which means they eat both plants and animals as their primary sources of food. They love to consume almost anything on the menu, including grass, bark, flowers, fruits, vegetables, birds, rats, and even young sheep and antelopes. They are considered a pest to many African farmers because they love to come in and eat up crops.
What Do Baboons Do All Day?
Baboons typically wake up in the early morning and sit together in small groups until they get hungry. At that point they spread out and eat as they roam, usually covering at least five miles a day. After relaxing during the hottest part of the day, Baboons return home in the early evening to groom one another and spend more time together.
Baby Baboons usually stay close to their mother for the first month. Once he or she is about six weeks old, it starts to ride on the mom’s back. After doing this for about four months, young baboons start to go off on their own and spend time with others their age.
Baboon Life Span
Of the five different species of baboon, most are endangered. However, a typical baboon will live an average of 30 years in its natural habitat.