Baboons are a group of monkeys best known for the bright colored swelling on their behinds. Like many primates, baboons are social animals and live in troops of up to 250 animals. They are ground dwelling animals where they spend a good deal of time foraging for food. It is generally accepted that there are five species of baboons, but some experts actually believe these should be classified as subspecies. Generally, the range of these species do not overlap, although some are found relatively close together. Let’s find out where baboons live.
Where do baboons live?
Baboons are native to much of Africa, with a small population of one species being found on the Arabian Peninsula in the Middle East. The largest of the species is the chacma baboon and this species is found in the southern portions of Africa from South Africa through to Angola, Zambia and Mozambique. The following is a map of their range.
The hamadryas baboon is found in a small portion of Eastern Africa and at the western tip of the Arabian peninsula. The African range extends from Ethiopia to Somalia and the Middle Eastern population is found in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
Baboons are regularly found in savannas, grassland and woodlands. Some species can also tolerate semi-arid conditions, rocky areas and alpine slopes.