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Happy Family


Happy Family
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Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon 70-200 f/4L, Hoya Super HMC Pro1 67mm Sky1B
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Zoo animals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-11 10:10
Viewed: 4758
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a family (or at least intimate friends!) of Hamadryas baboons (Papio hamadryas) photographed at Paignton Zoo, south Devon. The zoo has a delightful feature to house these animals called 'Baboon rock' which is a huge manmade structure built to replicate a rocky mountainside with caves and ledges for the baboons to explore. There are approximately 50 baboons in the Zoo.

Other facts about the baboon, courtesy of the Paignton zoo website:

Habitat:
Dry, rocky areas and thorn bushes.
Wild Diet:
Roots, grass seed, bulbs, occasionally small mammals.

Behaviour:
A troop of baboons may number over 200 individuals and is organised into bands, clans and families. Each family unit has an adult male leader and anything from 1 to 10 females with young.

Breeding:
One youngster (but sometimes two) is born after a gestation of 26 weeks (6 months).

Interesting Fact:
Hamadryas baboons were held as sacred by the ancient Egyptians and pictured on temples and tombs. They were also mummified and entombed.

Conservation:
Protection in the Simien Mountains National Park (Ethiopia). They breed very successfully in zoos.

Photo conditions: Dry, sunny, late afternoon. Handheld.

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Nice shot Andy!
The family looks really lovely.
Photo has perfect POV and composition and very good details. Shadows on the faces are a bit disturbing, but still the details on them are well visible.
Overall, very interesting post.
WELL DONE & TFS

Hello Andy,

This is a beautiful moment that you have captured here.

The details are amazing and the family spirit is very warm.

I have done a ws to help, hope you don't mind.

Thank you for sharing it with us.

Very nice shot! You captured a special moment!
Good work, bye Tom

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