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Guinea Baboon troop

Papio papio


It has reddish-brown hair, a hairless, dark-violet or black face with the typical dog-like muzzle, which is surrounded by a small mane, and a tail carried in a round arc. It also has limb modifications that allow it to walk long distances on the ground. The Guinea baboon is one of the smallest baboon species. This troop had a broad range of ages, with some quite small ones. There were about 30 individuals, which isn't unusual as some troops can have nearing 200.


This baboon inhabits a small area of western Africa, and seen here just outside a camp where it seems to hang out a lot of the time. This is perhaps as they try and make frequent raids on the Mandina Lodge compound to see what they can grab.


The Guinea baboon is a highly communicative animal. It communicates by using a variety of vocalizations and physical interactions. In addition to vocalizations to each other, this animal has vocal communications apparently intended to be received and interpreted by predators. Due to its small range and the loss of its habitat, the Guinea baboon is classified as "near threatened" by the IUCN.

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Tukup 3 weeks ago

Great series Mel, and good notes. Thanks for sharing. I'm getting jealous again 馃槉

Mel11 3 weeks ago

Thanks AntonioGinjazGinja, they were a big, noisy family and great to watch.

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