Life in a Giddy World
A Giddy World

The Social Life of Baboons

    This is the story of life in a baboon troop living on an African nature reserve, Wildcliff. Like us, baboons are intensely social. While dominated by an alpha male, a troop of Chacma baboons has a "matrilineal" society. Females stay with their natal troop, maintaining a social order based on birth. Males tend to migrate between troops, and vie for supremacy and reproductive rights.
    In this talk, we explore the intriguing interactions among baboon males and females, adults and juveniles, and their evolutionary functions. We'll see them mate and munch, play and fight, howl and hug. We'll meet Jack London and Victor Hugo, and watch a video of their daily life.

Baboon playing with baby (

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