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Giant Volcano and Its Baboons With Altitude!

By Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski Posted on the National Geographic Explorers Journal on July 8, 2015

Baboons (genus name: Papio; Kiswahili: nyani) are the most widespread of Africa’s monkeys. Occupying most of Africa south of the Sahara, baboons inhabit almost all types of vegetation. It is not difficult to find baboons on the beach of East Africa, in the Fynebos of South Africa, in semi-arid northern Kenya (see our earlier post: “Finding a New Monkey for East Africa”), in bamboo forest in Senegal, or in montane forest in Tanzania and Uganda.

Adult male olive baboon (Papio anubis) lounging at the at Mount Elgon National Park at 2,150 m asl, western Kenya. Photograph by Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski.

Adult male olive baboon (Papio anubis) lounging at the at Mount Elgon National Park at 2,150 m asl, western Kenya. Photograph by Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski.

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