Baboons are like Marmite; you either love them or hate them. I hate them when they crash across the corrugated tin roof of my house at 6am, fighting and squabbling. But the rest of the time, I find them intriguing and (dare I say it?) cute.

Baboons trashed my veranda recently. Cushions scattered everywhere. Cotton throw thrown.
Baboons are very social creatures and spend a lot of their non-eating time grooming each other.
This is the bridge over the Luangwa River, the main entry portal to the National Park. On cool winter mornings, the troop are warming themselves in the sunshine.
Baby baboon suckling from his mother. I always wince when I see how they chew and pull her elongated nipples.
Bliss. Soaking up the sunshine
They have very expressive faces.
Cute baby baboon clinging to the side of an ancient tree
They are natural acrobats
Some advice. Instead of tearing around the park searching for big cats, sit back and watch the antics of a troop of baboons. Much more fun.

By Dr Alfred Prunesquallor

Maverick doctor with 40 years experience, I reduced my NHS commitment in 2013. I am now enjoying being free lance, working where I am needed overseas. Now I am working in the UK helping with the current coronavirus pandemic.

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