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Theropithecines at Play

Theropithecines at Play
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Copyright: Jeff Kerby (jtkerb) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 88] (410)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-05
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-05 9:12
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Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This one is from my Ethiopia archives and was shot with my trusty old PowerShot. It was taken near the edge of the geladas' (Theropithecus gelada) sleeping cliff in a small depression caused by a landslide.

Juveniles would often play in this dusty bowl, just above the cliff's edge, as they honed their agility and strengthened social bonds in this less precipitous environment.

Endemic to the Ethiopian highlands, the gelada is a relic of what was once the planet's most dominate primate genus (Theropihecus). These high altitude specialists live in large herds along the cliffs making up Ethiopia's rift valley. They feed primarily on grasses and herbs, although they will occasionally crunch on snails, dig up earthworms, or consume locusts when the opportunity arises.

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