Monthly Archives: September 2013

Observing Hamadryas baboons.

Observing a family of Hamadryas baboons .

Lessons learned:

№1. Hamadryas baboons don’t “yawn”- this is a physical display of aggression to intruders and enemies.(Another one- lowering of the eyelids)

№2. I was amazed at the male baboons, especially their relationship with their young ones. Though strict in conduct with females, baboon dads will take enjoy playing with their kids, and take the daddy duty of protecting their children extremely serious.

Which leads me to lesson № 3:

3. Although you always should step on to a wild animal’s territory with caution, be a thousand times as careful when conducting yourself around baboon families with children. DO NOT APPROACH. Otherwise, this will happen:

Tied with lesson №3. , is lesson number 4: for a relatively large primate, baboons can charge with impressive speed. (View video above for evidence and a demonstration).

Lesson № 5.Getting charged by a baboon is a lesson you never forget.

Credits : The former lessons were  taught e by this enchanting creature:

1011901_10151511058038325_1119472997_n Hamadryas family  alpha male . 


Northern pigtail macaque. (Alpha male)

Northern pigtail macaque. (Alpha male)

In the pressence of this magnificent primate.

Note: If you happen to also find yourself in such company, know, these primates, like baboons, don’t “yawn”. That is a display of aggresion (which can be observed through a wide range of primates) . This means that this monkey isn’t tired- but in fact, you are not welcome- LEAVE.

Another amazing moment captured.

Another amazing moment captured.

I find it so amazing to observe how mother primates conduct themselves with their young. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But pictures like this are worth a thousand emotions.

Baby macaque is adorable. :))

Baby macaque is adorable. :))

Feeding time.

Hamadryas baboon mama and baby.

Hamadryas baboon mama and baby.

I had the best summer internship, where I had the extreme pleasure of working in the Research Institute of Medical Primatology Veterinary Clinic. I also studied the behavioral aspects of primates in captivity (and took some pretty awesome photos)