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Because it virtually doesn't rain in winter, the animals come to the waterholes to drink in the mornings and evenings and can easily be watched from the car.

Baboons in the Kruger

Baboons are found in surprisingly varied habitats and are extremely adaptable.

The major requirements for any habitat seem to be water sources and safe sleeping places in either tall trees or on cliff faces.

Baboons sleep, travel, feed and socialize together in groups of about 50 individuals.

The groups consist of seven to eight males and approximately twice as many females plus their young.

Baboons in the Kruger National Park, South Africa

Baboons are opportunistic omnivores and selective feeders that carefully choose their food.

Grass makes up a large part of their diet, along with berries, seeds, pods, blossoms, leaves, roots, bark and sap from a variety of plants.

Baboons also eat insects and small quantities of meat, such as fish, shellfish, hares, birds, vervet monkeys and young, small antelopes.

Males may confront other predators like leopards or cheetahs by forming a line and strutting in a threatening manner while baring their large canines and screaming.

Baboons are fierce fighters, and it is better when driving in your car not to mess with them.


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