A Fynbos Feast: Baboons tuck in.

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.

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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 πŸ™‚

    1. 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 πŸ™‚

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