A dispersing male

Ready for the roadOn the move?  Being a dispersing male comes with it’s challenges; particularly for a baboon.  They get the itch to wander when the testosterone kicks in:  it’s blueprinted in their genes to set off to find a new troop and mate with females of a different group.  So what happens when there’s urban sprawl to negotiate?   When the landscape is rife with food opportunities?  It’s not so easy for the remaining wild baboons living on the edge of the Cape Peninsula, many of the males fail to make the transition into a new troop and land up being euthanised.  How’s this for a mode of transport?

This post is in response to this week’s photo challenge: “On the Move”.




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