The Big Guy

This magnificent creature is the dominant male of a large family of baboons living in the mountains of Taif, Saudi Arabia. The baboon population in this farming area has increased steadily over the years, largely due to a plentiful food supply and the weeding out of their natural predators like hyeana and leopard by hunting. Surprisingly the baboons have grown accustomed to living in such close proximity to humans and they are not at all afraid of the carloads of people that stop along the mountain roads to observe and photograph them. Many of the baboons that I saw had monitoring tags attached to their ears to track their movements, habits, and social life.
Differing from their African cousins in the fact that the Arabian female Hamadryas baboons mate with only one male for life, these baboons live in large families consisting of the dominant male, several adult females, and their babies. Indeed I saw many females with their children clinging to them and just one male in the group. Their coloring ranges from a silvery grey to tan to all shades of brown, and it camouflages them well in their natural habitat in the rocky mountains. They are also quite distinctive with their large hairless bright pink padded bottoms. This fellow has been well groomed by his wives and the long fur around his head and shoulders almost appears to have been crimped with a crimping iron. Later when I uploaded the photos on to the computer, I was quite surprised to see the many photos of male baboon private parts I unwittingly got on this trip!

About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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8 Responses to The Big Guy

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  2. Jerry M says:

    Baboon private parts don’t seem to be very private.

    Otherwise a nice photo of an alpha male baboon!

  3. JM says:

    These baboons are amazing! Aren’t they related to the ones living on top of the mountains in some part of Ethiopia?

  4. mimi ameer says:

    Gosh, he must be the star of the local baboons. Such a handsome thing, hard to imagine the female not being loyal lol.

  5. Glennis says:

    He is a magnificent creature. he is not part of your ‘collection’ I see! Haha.

  6. Hilda says:

    Very handsome and well-groomed. But I think I’d be too scared to live near baboons!

  7. Jacob says:

    Boy, at first I thought that was my uncle Joe…he was a baboon!

    Just kidding. This is a fabulous shot of a very interesting animal – close in kin if not an uncle…

    Thanks, too, for the background info.

  8. Gaelyn says:

    He is one handsome male.

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