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Chunky Monkey

This baby baboon was sitting on the side of the road on our biking trip from Simonstown to Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope. The Chacma Baboon ( Papio ursinus) troops on the Cape Peninsula are the only protected population of this species in Africa. They subsist on fruits, roots, honey, bulbs, insects and scorpions. During low tide, they may be seen roaming the beaches, feeding on sandhoppers and shellfish, behaviour believed to be unusual in primates.

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Taken on November 19, 2004