Baboon

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Baboon
Hamadryas Baboon (Papio hamadryas)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Cercopithecidae
Genus: Papio
Erxleben, 1777
Species

The Baboon is one of the biggest kinds of monkey. It is a smart Old World monkey that lives on the ground in groups called troops. Troops can be as small as a few baboons or as big as several hundred members.

Distribution[change | edit source]

Baboons live in savannas, forests, grasslands, and rocky areas, in Africa and on the Arabian Peninsula. In some places, humans think that these primates are pests.

Diet[change | edit source]

Baboons are omnivores (they eat both plants and meat). They eat grasses, roots, insects and other small animals, like lizards, small mammals, fish, birds, and snakes. In some places, they steal food from humans.

Predators[change | edit source]

Leopards, cheetahs, African wild dogs, lions, hyenas and people hunt the baboon. To scare the predator away, baboons can show their eyelids, show their teeth, chase the predator, and make noise.