These magnificent creatures – native Hamadryas Baboons – were photographed when we pulled our car off to the side of the road while we driving from Jeddah north through the rocky mountainous terrain to Madinah. All in all, there were a couple of dozen wild baboons in each of the two family groups that we spotted along the way. Interestingly enough, I have learned that these baboon families consist of one male or father and several female wives and their offspring – interesting to me because of the similar Islamic belief which permits Muslim men up to four wives! The wild baboon numbers have been steadily increasing over the past few decades since their natural predators like leopards and striped hyenas have been hunted out of the picture, allowing the baboon natives to reproduce and flourish. Earlier this year there were reports of baboons attacking residents and farms in several areas close to their habitat as they desperately searched for food and water due to severe drought.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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