oa African Zoology - Activity patterns of chacma baboons (papio ursinus) at Cape point

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Field data were analysed to assess daily and seasonal activity patterns of a troop of 85 free-ranging chacma baboons. Foraging began almost immediately after emergence in the dry summer months (December-February). During the remainder of the year, the baboons rested near the sleeping cliff before foraging. The daily time spent feeding by the troop was greatest during August to January. Seasonal changes in the daily time spent foraging appeared to be related to the availability and nutritive value of food.

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