There has been something amazing going on in grassy lands of Kenya, and I’m going to tell you all about it!
An anthropologist, who has been in Kenya, has been studying the Olive Baboons for over 40 years, and is eager to find out more about them and how they adapt to change. In the 20th century, in Africa there were more baboons than people. But this has changed dramatically. The anthropologist found out that the olive baboons were now in a lot of trouble and that they have to move due to human population, environmental changes, and climate change.
It was a trouble for the baboons to move places but they quickly adapted to the change, even though they had to change their diet, habitat and more.
Although, the baboons did end up finding a new plant for their diet, prickly pear. The prickly pear does cause some damage with some animals because it has spiky hairs that can hurt certain animals and cause bleeding. However the baboons found a way to eat them with no problem. The rubbed the prickly pears in the dirt to get rid of the spiky hairs so they didn’t have any troubles with eating them. In the dry season the baboons still don’t have any trouble with eating them. The males squeeze all of the juice out of them and eat the skin of it later. At this stage it seems like the prickly pears are looking good for the olive baboons.
It is amazing how quickly animals can adapt to change!
Please comment your thoughts!
Thanks, Tess 🙂