Baboon Research in Eastern Cape South Africa
by Sophie Collier from Shurlock Row
Thanks to the Waltham St Lawrence Village Charities Education Grant I have extra support in studying for my PhD. My PhD will determine how baboons and other primates modify their behaviour to cope with extreme conditions. There will eventually be a lot of writing, reviewing and re-writing of my findings but for now I am collecting behavioural data from Madison Troop, a wild-living troop of Chacma baboons resident to The Samara Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.
There are 58 baboons in total in Madison troop. It took the two of us (myself and my fellow researcher Chrissy) 8 months to identify every single troop member and each baboon is known individually and by name. Some are easy to identify, for example Indigo has a white patch on her cheek and Luna only has half a tail, but for many individuals we just had to wait until we recognised their faces.