WHAT'S SO FUNNY! - CHACMA BABOON – Papio ursinus by Magaret Meintjes

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CHACMA BABOON – Papio ursinus

The Chacmas vary considerably in colour across their range but are generally a grizzled grayish colour. The tails, about the same length as the head and body together, are usually carried with the proximal or upper third part upright and the balance downwards. The juncture between these two sections is sharply kinked. The sexes are best distinguished by the formation of the ischial callosities on their rears. The females have their callosities in two sections, separated by the vulva which becomes swollen and red when the animal is in oestrus, and the male’s callosities are in one section with the left and right hand parts joined below the anus. This is presented by the female to the male as a sexual advance and also as a social greeting.
These common, gregarious animals form troops of sometimes more than fifty individuals. The adult males may move between troops which maintain a range which they defend, usually rather peacefully, but savage fights do occur. The troops are ruled by dominant males; in small troops by a single individual and in larger troops by as many as twelve. Males sit idly at a vantage point ready to bark a warning of any danger; they also serve to protect the troop by keeping the youngsters from straying and by staying on the edges of a moving troop.
Their preferred habitat is in proximity to rocky hills and kranzes for resting at night. They also rest in tall trees. They do, however, range far and wide to forage. The voice is a bi-syllabic bark of the adult males, which is repeated intermittently. It is particularly stimulated when danger is threatened. They also grunt, and in excitement this rise to a sharp snore, ‘Wah-Wah’ accompanied by head-rocking and tail-waving indicates great pleasure.
They are preyed upon by the larger carnivores, but are well able to defend themselves using their long powerful canines, and are particularly dangerous in a pack. One young, very rarely twins, is produced at any time throughout the year.
FOOD: They are omnivorous, the main diet being vegetarian and in particular, grass. They eat a wide range of fruits, seeds and plant matter. Insects and other invertebrates are taken and they relish scorpions which are lifted carefully and the sting flicked off. They hunt and kill smaller species of antelope and the young of antelope, domestic poultry and the young of goats, as well as hares and reptiles. Regular access to water is essential. Older males are not above cannibalism of the young of their own troops.


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  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...almost 4 years ago

    a wonderful capture,dawnx

  • Thank you so much dear friend xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoalmost 4 years ago

    Thanks for submitting your work in
    Pets Need A Hug

  • Thank you for excepting y work x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • marella
    marellaalmost 4 years ago

    Wont call him prince Charming for his looks…, but he sure is gorgeous !! Lovely shot Magaret!

  • Thank you so much marella xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • marella
    marellaalmost 4 years ago

    NS. Thank you for the VERY interesting facts too.

  • My pleasue, glad you enjoyed it! xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Aeve Pomeroy
    Aeve Pomeroyalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful catch!!

  • Thank youj so much!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Johan  Nijenhuis
    Johan Nijenhuisalmost 4 years ago

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkealmost 4 years ago

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  • I apologise for my late reply on this great honor in featuring my work in a wonderful group, it really is a great inspiration! Take care Arta !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • marella
    marellaalmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much for the honor in featuring my work in this great wildlife group, I am xtatic! xxxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

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