National Geographic : 1956 Aug
© National Geographic Society 280 Baboons Leave Few Stones Unturned in Their Tireless Search for Food Trigger-tempered and crafty, baboons can be formidable antagonists. Experienced hunters say they would rather let their hounds bait a lion than attempt to corner a band of these monkeys. The males have been known to charge hunters in a body. One species, the hamadryas, was sacred to the ancient Egyptians. Here a family gathering of Doguera Baboons hunts for food. One youngster picks at a salmon blood lily. This plant, found occasionally in conservatories in the United States, is a member of the amaryllis family. Another young animal hitchhikes upside down, clinging to its mother's shoulders and waist. Both babies show the huge ears characteristic of infant baboons. Individuals usually troop together in groups of eight to ten under the leadership of one or two dominant males. When disturbed, the animals utter a loud bark.