WHO WE ARE
Baboon Project Kenya brings together women, elders, warriors and children, in a united effort to save the Olive Baboon species. Through this unique partnership we are addressing key threats facing The Olive Baboon. Together, through an exchange of respective knowledge, we work to restore Baboon habitat, we protect the Baboons habita from environmental pollution, we help them survive during times of environmental stress, we create conservation awareness within the wider community, and we support the Children in schools .
THE OLIVE BABOON
We conserve the endangered Olive Baboons and its fragile habitat in partnership with communities
Baboons belong to the group of Old World monkeys. They are found in North-Central and Eastern Africa. They inhabit open grassland near wooded areas. They are also found in moist evergreen forests and near areas of human habitation. Five species of baboons have been described: P.hamadryas, P.papio, P.anubis, P.cyanocephalus and P.ursinus. They have a lifespan of 25 – 30 years in the wild, and can live for approximately 40 – 45 years in captivity.The main species is the P.anubis(Olive baboon). These have a greenish grey hair coat cover as adults while the infants have a black coat. Unlike other baboons, they have long pointed muzzles, close set eyes, powerful jaws, thick fur except on their muzzle, a short tail and rough spots on their protruding hind quarters. The males weigh approximately 24 kg while the females weigh approximately 14.7 kg. The adult males have long hair forming a mane from the top of their heads through their shoulders, gradually shortening down the back. Olive baboons are omnivores and consume a huge variety of feed including roots, tubers, corms, fruits, leaves, flowers, birds, birds’ eggs and vertebrates (including other primates).