Facts
  • NAME: CHACMA BABOON
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: PAPIO URSINUS
  • WEIGHT MALE: 21-45 KG
  • WEIGHT FEMALE: 12-25 KG
  • MATING SEASON: THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Baboon

The South African Chacma Baboon has a long muzzle and well-developed canines. Males are larger than females. They are distributed throughout most of Africa, but especially in South Africa.

Baboons are active during the day, they move mainly on the ground and are great swimmers. They feed on fruit, leaves, tubers, small animals and insects that they find on the ground. If they are in a hurry, they gather supplies in special pouches in the cheeks and save the consumption till later.

During the day the baboons move in groups of ten to 50 individuals with one or more males in the lead.

During the night they gather in special bunks, where they are protected from predators. Such groups can count up to 500 individuals.

Baboons have many enemies, but are well equipped to defend themselves. The sharp canines can be lethal to an enemy, and together, a group of baboons can scare away a leopard.

Because of their phenomenal eyesight and their primary habitat in mountain areas the hunt for baboons can be difficult and a significant challenge.

Due to its habitat in mountain areas, a flat-shooting rifle is recommended. The choice of rifle calibre to this wild species should often be a .270 or .30-06. Larger caliber choice is also recommended.

Side By Side Safaris exclusive hunting lodge is located in the middle of a perfect hunting area for baboons - they can even be hunted directly from the lodge.