Monkey business

For some opportunistic baboons in Uganda, there is such a thing as a free lunch.

Or a lunch snatched from the window of a van while its passengers waited for a ferry to cross the Nile in the Murchison Falls Game Park.

Baboons typically live near water and near a forested and savannah-like area. They are crafty, as evidenced by the thief that reached inside a white van to get a bag full of biscuits and snacks. The baboons wait, sometimes near

A baboon races away with the lunch he grabbed out of a van waiting for the Nile ferry. (Photo by Tim Guthrie)

humans, as cars, trucks and buses line up for a ferry across the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park.

In Uganda, baboons also inhabit an area near a bridge over the Nile. Here, they wait at road’s edge for passers-by to offer some food. A bunch of bananas and the banana peels proved popular with adult and baby baboons

The baboon is very adaptable, according to the Primate Info Net of the University of Wisconsin. Baboons live in troops made up of several males and females. The female mother will carry the infant baboon underneath her for several months, then the infant will ride jockey-style on her back for up to 10 to 12 months.

Carol Zuegner, right, waits for the Nile ferry with a baboon nearby. The baboons look for open car windows to grab food. (Photo by Sara Gentzler)
Carol Zuegner

About Carol Zuegner

I am a journalism professor at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. I teach writing, social media, media entrepreneurship, international mass communication and I am lucky enough to be a part of Backpack Journalism. I focus on interviewing, writing and being Mama Zoogs.

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