20 Interesting Baboon Facts

Yellow Baboon

In Britain, ‘vermin’ are rats, mice, maybe squirrels – in Africa they’re a bit bigger and come in the shape of the baboon, an intelligent primate that can be nearly three feet tall and up to 100 pounds in weight. This is regarded as humankind’s closest brother that is capable of a lot of things including reasoning and learning. They exhibit complex behavioral attributes that closely parallels that of human beings.¬† in as much as you may already know a lot about other African animals, there are a lot of baboon facts below that tunes your mind to the complexity of this animal and how nature supports it. If one of these tries to steal your lunch, fighting back is not a good idea! Here’s a selection of 20 interesting facts about baboons.

Interesting Facts About Baboon


Yellow Baboon

Baboon Facts –¬†Characteristics

1 – There are five species of baboon in Africa; the two most seen are the colourfully-named Olive Baboon, Papiocynocephalus Anubis, and Yellow Baboon, P. Cynocephalus. The other three species are the Hamadryas, P. Hamadryas, the Chacma, P. Ursinus, and the Guinea, P. Papio.

2 – “Nyani” (‘baboons’ in Swahili) are found throughout most of the African continent, but generally in different areas; the Guinea is only found in and near Guinea on the northwestern coast, the Hamadryas only on the far northeastern edge and the bottom of the arabian peninsula, and between the two the Olive is found from Mali to Tanzania. The Yellow is in the next section down, between Kenya and Botswana and the Chacma occupies most of the southern part of the continent.

3 – The Olive baboon has a strange quirk to its tail – it looks permanently broken. The animal carries the first quarter or so straight up from its rump, then allows the remainder to fall limply, giving this impression – but it’s not true, don’t worry!

4 – Female baboons are often quite a bit smaller than males, and lack the ruff of long hair around the neck that characterizes the mature male.