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The Elder
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-28
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z1
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Johannesburg Zoo
Theme(s): Mammals of Southern Africa, Monkeys [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-30 4:37
Viewed: 5348
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus)

Also known as: Dog-faced Monkey, Savanna Baboon

Baboons live mostly in the African woodland savanna, and highland grasslands. They never wander far from trees, or a source of water. The Chacma baboon is found in the countries of Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Baboons are the savanna's version of the monkey, and are the largest member of the monkey family. The males can weigh from 30-60 kg and are about 50-90 cm long. Females can weigh from 15- 20 kg and are 40-60 cm long.

Unlike what you would expect, baboons do not live in trees. They spend most of their time on the ground. The only time they go into trees is to escape predators, get food, or spend the night. They might also spend the night on tall rocky outcroppings. Baboon babies go up in trees to horse around and play with each other. Baboons mostly eat fruit from trees, roots, an assortment of plants, and of course, bugs.

Baboons live in groups known as troops. Each troop consists of a dominant male and female, and other adult males and females and offspring. When they travel they have their own specific formation. The dominant male is in the front and the dominant female is behind him. The other males form a circle with the rest of the females and the offspring in the center. Baboons have a very complicated social system which is really just based on becoming and staying dominant.
Couples will often stay together to raise an infant and males will even become a foster parent if the mother is killed. Infants will start riding jockey-style when they are about 6 weeks old. By the time they are 4 months old they are climbing trees. They depend on their mother's protection and guidance for about a year. The baboons are unique in that all the members in the troop or family are related in some way. Baboons can live to be 45 years old.

This is the second post of the series on Old World Monkeys. For more information on the venue please refer to my travelogue.

PDP, japie, carper, AndyB, Lourens, Callie, mogens-j has marked this note useful
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-30 4:53]

He looks pensive and maybe a bit worried. Nice portrait Gerhard, you've done well with all those grey and brown tones. Good composition too giving some space for him to survey.

Good notes, gerhard the image lacks a little sparkle, I think I prempt Callie in saying it needs so infill flash to bring life into the eyes which would make all the difference to this well shot sharp image.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-30 5:16]

Beautiful shot. I especially like the texture of the fur and the dried mud. The DOF is excellent and I like the crop giving him the space to change his mind. Very good post of uor ancestors!

Gerhard, Very nice profile shot of your Baboon. Have you taken-up residence yet at the zoo? Note was very informative,thanks. Hey, three cheers for the "Troops"!!

Deze is ook prachtig,
Very good composition, very good colours, cropping and good dof, very good note too.Erg goed werk

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-30 7:49]

A nice shot.
Very good composition and lovely detail and texture of its fur.
Excellent and very informative note.
Great work,very well done.

Great Gerhard
Very nice composition, good colours and good sharpness with good details
A very good note.
Well done.

Great photo, Gerhard. I am sure this chap is planning something - ?

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-30 14:30]

hoe sÍ hulle, los die komplimente en stuur GELD! Speel sommer. Dankie dat jy kyk.
I have said it before on TE, I have a love/hate relationship with my brother from the bush - they are SO cute and at the same time So vindictive. Do you have a nice shot of a pinkface? Dis Adoons die, hy wag dat die munisipale werkers nou moet klarr werk!

Very nice portrait - is it a family member ;-).

Seriously, it is a very good capture. Good sharpness and the pose is very nice as well as the cropping. Very good job Gergard and very informative note.

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