Olive Baboon Nursing Her Young at Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya: A Photographic Chronology
W hile I was at Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya, I was fortunate to observe one of the most basic and yet fascinating instincts of nature: an olive baboon nursing her young offspring.
Found in 25 countries throughout much of central Africa, the olive baboon is one of the largest species of monkey: a male can weigh as much as 110 pounds or approximately 50 kilograms; and attain a height of as much as 45 inches or 114 centimeters tall. Food can be stored in a cheek pouch.
Groups of olive baboons are known as troops; and there could be as few as 15 or as many as 150 members of a troop. Newborn olive baboons have black coats of fur and bright pink exposed skin, as seen in the photographs below which were taken in chronological order.