African Baboon

African Baboon

Baboons are extremely adaptable and are found in varied habitats in Africa with the main requirement of water and safe sleeping places (like tall trees or cliff faces). Of all habitats they do mostly prefer savannas but can even be found in tropical forests as well as they are omnivorous.

A baboon can grow up to 14 to 30 inches tall and can weigh anything from 50 to 100 pounds. They have a life span of 20 to 30 years and has a gestation period of 6 months.

Baboons are mostly viewed as an agricultural pest and therefore humans are one of their major predators. Other predators includes leopards and cheetahs. Baboons are losing their habitats because of settlement growth by humans and can therefore be seen as a pest in some areas where humans has taken over their habitat as well as overgrazing and therefore we need to conserve our baboons so that they will not become an endangered species.

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