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Olive Baboon Baragi River Serengeti NP sn1

Observed: 12th February 2002 By: Shadow30Shadow30’s reputation in MammalsShadow30’s reputation in MammalsShadow30’s reputation in Mammals
Olive Baboon Baragi River Serengeti NP sn1
Description:
Identifications
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    Likely ID
    Olive Baboon (Papio anubis)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
    ID agreements (): 1 Person
    • the naturalist man
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Baboon

As far as I'm aware the baboons of the Serengeti are pure-bred olive baboons, therefore, these are olive baboons. The populations to the east and south of the Mt Kenya, and in southern Tanzania 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, the ones on the Serengeti are recorded as 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:

http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/10934

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

Graham Banwell

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