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Chacma Baboon

Papio ursinusasdf


Average size: 15-31 kg; 115 cm

Average lifespan:  Over 45 years


Range Map:



Habitat description: They reside in woodland and grassland areas with small hills.  They can live in mountains of high elevations and typically reside near freshwater.

Behavior:  They can be in groups with multiple males and females, and also with one male and many females.  The males fight to become the leader and they often kill the young of the previous male.  Their diet consists of grass, roots, nuts, crustaceans, small mammals, and insects.

Current News:  They are considered to be potentially endangered, because of other conservationist movements increase the number of their predators such as lions and leopards.  They are also killed by humans as they can invade peoples’ homes.

There were chacma baboons found that went 116 days without water because they were able to eat figs for water.  Male canine teeth can be as long as 2”, which are even longer than lions.