Olive Baboon!

The Sapolsky challenge is fast approaching! In order to prepare us to hear all about the baboons RMS studied in Kenya, I thought I’d provide some information about the olive baboon, the species he studied in Kenya. I have gotten my information from the African Wildlife Foundation.

-The olive baboon is highly adaptable, and simply needs water and an elevated, safe place to sleep such as a tree or rock face in order to survive.

-The baboons wake up between 7 and 8 in the morning – when the adults begin grooming each other and the little ones play nearby.

-Troops of baboons consist of approximately 50 individuals, and they have a territory in which they prefer to stay. This territory does not have strict boundaries, and often two troops have overlapping territories; two troops, however, do not like to meet.

-Olive baboons are omnivores; the majority of their diet is grass, although they also eat roots, berries, insects, and fish.

-Baboons main predator is the human – do most recently to the increase in baboon trade to laboratories for testing.

-These animals can produce over 30 vocalizations including grunts, barks, and screams. They also shrug their shoulder and yawn.

On Tuesday I will tell you all about why male baboons often switch troops – get pumped 🙂

6 thoughts on “Olive Baboon!

  1. Haha, I love that you posted this because as I was reading my article about baboons I also went and searched on general characteristics and fell in love with these olive baboons. For your general knowledge, yes they are olive colored, but as infants are black which again, cutest things.
    Anyways funny thing they are called olive baboons because my friend will always write “Olive you” to mean “I love you,” and it works in the case of “Olive baboons” = “I love baboons”


  2. I’m interested in the 30 different vocalizations they can produce! Inevitably, these responses are expressions of emotions, which means that these baboons have a wide range of feelings – and this certainly resembles human beings. I suppose this one of many reasons why they are in such high demand for research.


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