The pollinator

Feasting on pincushion blooms (Leucospermum conocarpodendron), a young juvenile baboon, while handling the flowers gets covered in pollen.  As he scrambles across the bush he’ll provide a useful service of cross pollination by brushing against the pollen and spreading it to different flowers.   There he is fulfilling an ecological role as a part of a functioning ecosystem.

High in a Tree pincushion (Leucospermum conocarpodendrum, a young juvenile baboon chews on pincushion flowers.
Baboons are drawn to the Tree pincushion – Leucospermum conocarpodendron, Kreupelhout for the sweet nectar.

33 thoughts on “The pollinator

  1. I love all things primate. I study them here at university (Anthropology major) and they are the reason I switched to Bio Anthro as my major 🙂

      1. They most certainly are. They can teach us a lot about ourselves since we have a common ancestor.

      1. Oh, good. Glad the disappearance was for travel reasons! And look forward to hearing about them. No snow here, but it has been cold this week with lots of hail. Hopefully the weather will warm up again soon as I have lots of plants to plant!

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