Wednesday, December 3, 2014

How to Groom Your Baboon

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
I was fortunate to be invited along on a familiarization birding and wildlife tour of Uganda with my friends Tim Appleton and Dominic Mitchell. The trip has been epic and I'll be posting and podcasting about it in the months ahead. But I just had to share one little scene that we witnessed yesterday.

We've been seeing olive baboons constantly on this trip through Uganda. They are along every road and in our near many villages and settlements. Some of them even stoop cars to beg for food.

This troop was spotted along one of the roads through Queen Elizabeth National Park and they demonstrated a very important lesson in baboon grooming, which I'm pleased to share with you here.

First examine your groomee carefully.

Next, spot a pest or bleb that needs to be removed and carefully remove it.

Examine the removed item closely.

Then eat it to ensure that it does not reattach itself to your groomee.

Receive the thanks from your gromee—you'll know by their body language.
Here endeth the lesson. Go forth and groom your baboons with your new-found skills and knowledge.


On January 13, 2015 at 2:30 PM john said...

In a village near Semliki Forest in Uganda I watched a huge male baboon teasing a small girl. She was terrified of the baboon and her older brother was trying to chase the baboon away. The baboon was clearly delighted with the game of tag and made no attempt to harm either child.