Bachelors Give Chase
|Copyright: Jeff Kerby (jtkerb)
|Date Taken: 2008-01-27|
|Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1600 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Theme(s): Monkeys [view contributor(s)]|
|Date Submitted: 2008-12-08 15:46|
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|Here is a photo from the Guassa Plateau in Ethiopia's central highlands. Here a group of bachelor male gelada monkeys (Theropithecus gelada) chases after a resident family male in prelude to a confrontation. On occasion a bachelor male will displace a harem holding family male after a prolonged series of these encounters which often include rather vicious fights. Geladas are often referred to as a species of baboon, but they reside in a separate genus, Theropithecus, from true baboons, Papio. They do share many similar characteristics in body structure, but their niche adaptation to the highlands actually occurred quite a ways back in history. They are the only extant member of their genus that once ranged throughout much of Africa and even into Spain and India. Their diet consists mainly of herbs and grass but they will shift their diet depending on the season to eat roots and the occasional insect. The long term prospects for geladas, like many other primate species, are under growing threat due to habitat fragmentation. They are also somewhat vulnerable to vegetative shifts in their alpine habitats due to climate change.|
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fantastic picture, it is so dynamic and full with ethological information also.