Mother care (II)

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Female Savanna Baboon typically give birth, usually to a single infant, after a six-month gestation. The young baboon weighs approximately 400 g and has a black epidermis when born. The females tend to be the primary caretaker of the young, although several females will share the duties for all of their offspring.
After about one year, the young animals are weaned. They reach sexual maturity in five to eight years. Baboon males leave their birth group, usually before they reach sexual maturity, whereas females are philopatric and stay in the same group their whole lives.
Savanna Baboons (Papio cynocephalus), Chobe National Park, Botswana, Africa
Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm, 1/200 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 125
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.


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