The Balance of Baboons | Londolozi Blog

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Kirst Joscelyne

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At less than a year old, Kirst went to her family’s hut in the Greater Kruger National Park, and has been fortunate enough to continue to go there ever since. Sharing a passion for the bush with her family, led to countless trips ...

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Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

Baboons are always fun to watch!Victoria

They really are great entertainment for sure!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Kirst, I loved the monkey🤗

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

Thanks for this sketch-view into the interesting and complex social lives of baboons Kirst! Like all the wonderful Londolozi posts, your post has me interested in learning more about these fascinating animals!

Thank you so much Paul!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Kirst, the baboons are quite scary at first sight with their big white teeth! Have you ever had any up close encounters with any of them?

Hello Michael and Terri, I can’t say I have had any close encounters other than while on drive. Their big white teeth are indeed rather scary but also so important for their array of foods they eat!

Linda Rawles
Senior Digital Ranger

I really appreciate this article, as I always thought baboons got the short stick in attention from animal lovers. I am fascinated at how they continually figure out the locks on the doors!

Linda, I think they are much more intelligent then they get credit for!

Doug Hammerich
Senior Digital Ranger

Very interesting and informative piece. Thank you.

Thank you Doug!

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

That’s really interesting, thank you Kirst.

Thanks so much Suzanne.

Leonie De Young
Digital Tracker

A really interesting and informative blog Kirst. I have watched them on some of the wildlife sites and agree they are very family oriented and seem to have much patience with the young ones. Also love watching them groom each other. Thanks for sharing with us – I enjoyed the read.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

It’s always a great experience watching the baboon troops in Cape Point when they’re foraging by the sea.

There has actually been a shift in the movements of some baboon troops quite recently (troops going into the middle of Simon’s Town and Kirstenbosch Gardens for the first time).

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Interesting report on the baboons and you’re so right – sit with a troop for awhile and watch the family dynamics. They’re so fascinating!!

William Paynter
Explorer

Kirst, thanks for your information on baboons. You and the whole Londolozi staff bring wonderful educational information to me through your pictures and videos..Thanks again.

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

Thanks for the interesting article. I’ve encountered several baboons whose “duty” was to enter my room at Varty camp on different occasions!

Valmai Vorster
Senior Digital Ranger

They are disciplined in the group because of their hierarchical status. Anyone who steps out of line will get scolded forsure. That they are a very close family group is very obvious as they walk, talk and groom each other when ever they can. The little one are so cute, and in the whole they are fascinating to watch.

Cally Staniland
Digital Tracker

Great read Kirst. I recall a troop that resided on a back road between Skukusa and lower Sadie camps in the KNP years ago. They would hitch rides on passing cars and beg for food which sadly, some tourists obliged them with. Locals however knew not too and would then be subjected to several baboons angrily wrecking havoc with their cars…ripping off windscreen wipers, bouncing on the roof or bonnets etc..until another car came by to distract them again. It sadden me that some people found this entertaining and I hoped that the baboons would not forget how to fend for themselves when the cars stopped coming, as they closed that road for quite awhile.

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