Saturday, April 2, 2011

The A - Z April Challenge: B

My African Alphabet continues...




B is for Baboon
 Evening drives on the Serengeti are a magical event. The setting sun casts a golden glow on all it touches and we are priviliged to watch the animals make their preparations for night-time.
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 Baboon mothers round up their tired babes and climb into leafy nests high up in the trees. Others in the troop spend time grooming one another, an activity that not only keeps them clean and free of parasites, but

bonds the
individuals together as family.
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Males often take on the role of child-minder, exhibiting much patience with the youngsters who clamber boldly over them and tug at their ears. Nonetheless, these males are warriors and one must take care not to agitiate them.
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As light begins to fade, the last stragglers make their way to the trees to sleep. They must be up as dawn breaks to begin their long day's foraging once more....


 
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These Olive Baboons were one of my greatest challenges to photograph.
Although highly sociable in groups, they shy away from people and we may view them only from a distance.



For more A - Z letters, be sure to pop by Arlee Bird's site and see what other have done with the letter B!
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And as it's Saturday, I will also link up with Misty Dawn's Camera Critters, another great meme to check out!
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15 comments:

Lois Evensen said...

It's so nice to see them in a family setting, not in a cage.

jabblog said...

What a delight to have seen them. Such interesting animals and lovely photos of them to treasure.

Katy Cameron said...

Cool, enjoying this A-Z series

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wonderful critters. I am so enjoying these photos, Lynette! My little trip to Africa every morning!

VioletSky said...

I look forward to this month's travelling through Africa's wildlife with you!

Shelley Munro said...

Great photos. I was always very wary of baboons when we visited Africa. At one place we visited they used to break into the cabins for food. They also mugged several of my group to steal their Mars bars. We had to go around armed with slingshots, which some enterprising kids were selling at the gate when we arrived!

Gary said...

Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

chubskulit said...

Beautiful shots!

My Critters, come and see. Have A LOVELY WEEKEND!

eileeninmd said...

Awesome photos and what a cool experience and sightings.

adrielleroyale said...

Those are the cutest Baboons I have ever seen :)

Lesley said...

It is always neat to watch animals doing domestic things like grooming and caring for babies.

Pat said...

What a wonderful adventure you must have had in East Africa, going on a photo safari. It sounds like quite a feat to be able to write down all the animals' names as you rode along in the safari truck!

Pat said...

Oh, and I forgot to say, you took some fantastic photos of the animals!

Ella said...

How magical to go there and see these animals in their natural habitats! Amazing photos~

Langley said...

If these were hard to capture on film, you can't tell by the photos. Wow!