This morning dawned crisp and clear after the recent Northwesterly storms: perfect for an early morning walk in the Cape Point Reserve. The gate opens at 7am and we wanted to look at Platboom beach to see what the sea-storms had washed ashore. Instead we were delighted to come across one of the resident baboon troops foraging along the road. Quietly we followed in the car at a cautious distance; they tucked into the fynbos (Cape vegetation) with gusto and it was interesting to see the variety of plants they ate. The sugarbush blooms looked a hot favourite, as well as the leucodendron cones. They fulfill a valuable role within the ecosystem in plant seed dispersal, either through their scat or by transferring seeds that stick to their fur.
17 thoughts on “A Fynbos Feast: Baboons tuck in.”
Incredible set of photos Liz. Fascinating critters – I could spend days/weeks with them, observing and photographing year-round. The natural history was excellent too. Glad you shared this.
Yes, they’re quite beguiling…. They have quite a history too…. the human/wildlife conflict right on the urban edge is ongoing, but the City Council, to their credit pump in millions to management the conflict.
What a colourful diet they have, Great shots Liz!
Hi Gilly, i often think of the image of children in a sweet shop when i see the youngsters set to in the veld – love those sugarbush blooms 🙂 Munch them up like chocolates.
hahaha I wonder if humans can eat them!
.. add a bit of fiber to the diet?!
very beautiful photos, the younguest are ver cute.
Thanks Daisy! Yes, the littlest can get to the heart. The juveniles play, the sub-adults are a bit more boisterous and the adults have their set roles…. it’s a bit like people watching! They’re fascinating 🙂
Have you ever tried to eat a sugarbush bloom? Are they edible for humans too? They’re so pretty and I think they would look yummy in a salad.
Traditionally they are known for their sweet nectar… in fact the early settlers made a syrup from the blooms – known as ‘bossiestroop’ – bush syrup, or ‘bossuiker’ – bush sugar. They’re a pretty tough flower, wiry …. not nearly as palatable as say a nasturtium or violet, but good for decorative purposes 🙂
My 4 year old really liked these photos !
Thanks for the feedback, Ad Dad 🙂 Great to know that you have a budding nature lover, i recall some of your blog posts on hiking … Well done on encouraging his curiosity 🙂
Wonderful! I would like to see a troop of baboons.
Ruth…. they’re sure are captivating! Thanks for stopping by.
They’re fascinating creatures… must admit i find them captivating.
It’s a joy to watch these guys hang out together:) Great shots, Liz!
Yes… they’re captivating 🙂