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Observed: 5th November 2000 By: dshubble
Leaf Beetle Recording SchemeSouthampton Natural History Society
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Part of a large troop.

    Likely ID
    Olive Baboon (Papio anubis)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
    ID agreements (): 1 Person
    • the naturalist man
      The Mammal SocietyYorkshire Naturalists' Union
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Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Olive baboons

The baboons to the west of Mt Kenya are pure-bred olive baboons, therefore, these are olive baboons. The populations to the east and south of the Mt Kenya area readily hybridise with yellow baboons to the extent that it can be impossible to say which species some animals belong to. There are seven sub-species, mainly due to hybridisation with other species, to my knowledge the ones at Lake Nakuru are the nominate P.a.anubis race. In fact it was itself considered a sub-species of the hamadryas baboon (Papio hamadryas), only becoming accepted as a species in its own right 15 or so years ago.

Another good example for the discussion of speciation at:


Unlike the smooth haired yellow baboons you most often see in zoos, this species has shaggy, 'blow-dried' look.

Graham Banwell

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Baboon speciation

Ta for that - as with the colobus info, very interesting and not an area I know a lot about.