October 8

How Baboons have Adapted to Change

A unique specie of primate have recently adapted to the harsh fruit in the boiling grasslands of Kenya…the Olive Baboons.

The patient anthropologists in Shirley Strum has been closely following these animals for a long 42 years. She has seen the dramatic changes to the outskirts of the towns and how degraded they now are. Against the odds, the baboons have demonstrated pure genius to overcome such a powerful…fruit! The prickly pear is one of the toughest and roughest creatures around. If eaten it viciously kills you. The intelligent baboons role the dangerous fruit onto the dirt to scrape off the prickles. However, the baboons wouldn’t have had  to modify their diet if it wasn’t for us greedy, land hungry humans. The population in Kenya has significantly grown. In the last two decades Kenya’s human population has doubled. Our sometimes silly and disgraceful actions to purchase and take land we don’t need, nearly wiped out this beautiful species.  

Olive Baboon, UgandaCreative Commons License Rod Waddington via Compfight


Posted October 8, 2015 by ciarang in category Uncategorized

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