National Geographic : 1956 Aug
281 Walter A. Weber Like a Domineering Father, an Old Male Keeps Order in the Troop Elders wear ruffs about their heavily muscled shoulders. Expedition mammalogist T. Donald Carter recorded the weight of one patriarch as 48 pounds; another weighed in at 40. An old termite nest, weathered and empty, rises behind the male. The pack has been digging in it, searching for grubs. Baboons will eat almost anything, including beetles, birds' eggs, vegetables, grain, fruit, lizards, spiders, and grasshoppers. The animals display remarkable social organization. When a troop robs a native garden, scouts take up posts as lookouts, and females and young feed in the center of the troop. Meanwhile, old males guard an escape route. Natives try to protect their crops by stringing tin cans in the wind, hoping the noise will keep the baboons away. Game officials often help by killing enough of a band to drive the rest into another area.