Hunting Chacma Baboon
Papio cynocephalus ursinus
HEIGHT : 1,1-1,5 m from head to tail
MASS : 15-33 kg
GESTATION : 140 days. Single young is born.
The Chacma Baboon is a large primate with a dog-like face and large, prominent canines. Baboons do not have a definite breeding season and are sexually active throughout the year. Chacma baboons are preyed upon by Leopard and Cheetah. Baboons can be very aggressive. It is a known fact that they would viciously counter-attack their predators when threatened. Troops are 50 to 100 strong, and have a well-developed and complex social structure. Baboons inhabit woodlands, semi-deserts and sub alpine meadows along the Drakensberg. The Chacma baboon is replaced in the north by its close relative, the yellow baboon. They are Widely distributed throughout Southern Africa and in countries beyond.
Diet - Omnivorous, under natural conditions they feed on wild fruits, seeds and insects, even scorpions, and on occasion even the flesh of small mammals and birds. Because troops are inclined to raid commercial crops, baboons are not popular with maize and fruit farmers.