How have olive baboon adapted to change


Posted by travisy | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 8, 2015

Anthropologist Shirley Strum conducted a long term study on papio anubis also known as the olive baboon and how they adapted to change.

At the turn of the 20th century there were more baboons in Africa than people but now that has dramatically changed due to the increased human population and the climate and environmental changes.

Also parts of the land was being degraded by land hungry human and a noxious plant quickly spreading the Opuntia stricta also known as the prickly pear has  left animals with nothing to eat.

Because their food source was gone they had to find an alternative. Amazingly the baboon had found a way  eat the prickly pear without being sick. They roll the fruit in the dirt to get rid of the fine hairs on the fruit and after many years they are still thriving on the prickly pear. Other animal that tried to eat the fruit had disastrous consequences. Causing mouth and gut ulcers and internal bleeding from the fine hair of the fruit but the baboons have learn to cope. When their food grew grew back they still decided to eat the prickly pears because it is a source of vitamins sugar and water.

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