Baboon Mother and Baby

I love monkeys, so much so that I actually hold a Bachelor of Science in Primatology (the study of monkeys).

I’ve read about baboons and watched countless videos of them.  But it wasn’t until a recent visit to the Drakensberg in South Africa, that I had the chance to observe wild baboons.  You can imagine my delight to capture this sequence of events between a baboon mother and her baby, as told from the baby’s perspective…
Mother and baby baboon eating in South Africa“Dinnertime at the Didima Chalets with Cathedral Peak in the background, this is my stomping grounds and… dinner table.”
Mother and baby baboon in South Africa“Wait a minute, mom seems to be more interested in her dinner than in me.  Maybe I’ll get her attention by giving her the evil eye…”
Mother baboon and baby crying, South Africa

“Well since that didn’t work….”
Mother baboon and baby together in South Africa“Crying works every time!”

You may also be interested in visiting a Zulu Village while you’re in the Drakensberg.

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Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.


  1. Leigh May 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    How very cute and very human like! I bet it was a real thrill for you to get to South Africa and I look forward to lots of posts.

  2. Laurel May 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    @Leigh – Agreed, it reminded me so much of a human. South Africa has been on my list forever so I was thrilled to go and yes there might be a few more S. Africa posts coming 🙂

  3. Lisa May 4, 2012 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Great photos! I find monkeys fascinating because their behaviour is so human like. Have you seen the Disney Nature movie “Chimpanzee”? Emma and I saw it recently and really enjoyed it – well except for the scary bits when Emma had to cover her eyes!

  4. Sonja May 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    How cute!!

  5. InsideJourneys May 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Hey Laurel, I was up in the Drakensberg as well. Wish I knew about the monkeys — they’re adorable!

  6. Jeremy Branham May 4, 2012 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    Ha! That’s awesome! And so very true! Kids are the same no matter what species of mammal they are. 🙂

  7. Jessica May 5, 2012 at 2:20 am - Reply

    So cute! I love the interchange between the two. In fact I think I have had that interchange myself.:)

  8. Zhu May 5, 2012 at 2:50 am - Reply

    How cute! I think you read this little baby very well 🙂

  9. Mary @ The World Is A Book May 5, 2012 at 5:32 am - Reply

    This is so adorable! I love the little captions you put in here. Crying usually tugs at a mother’s hearstrings. Great shots here and looking forward to your South Africa posts.

  10. Michael May 5, 2012 at 5:40 am - Reply

    I’ve never been that up close to monkeys, only seen them in zoos. But they are fascinating because they sometimes remind us of us and our ways.

  11. Sabrina May 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    What a cutie! And he is so tiny!!

  12. Lori May 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Adorable! I love, love, love your blog–it makes my day when I see an email from you in my inbox. Love the wild travel adventures, but also wonder what you are up to in Munich! More Munich news, please!

  13. Jared May 6, 2012 at 12:59 am - Reply

    He is so cute..Thanks for sharing with…

  14. Sophie May 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Beautiful animals!

    Haven’t been in South Africa for years and years, so really looking forward to seeing your posts 🙂

  15. Italian Notes May 7, 2012 at 7:24 am - Reply

    I’m not a great fan of monkeys in general, but the tiny one looks really cute.

  16. Aleah | May 7, 2012 at 10:39 am - Reply

    I didn’t know there’s a whole degree focused on studying monkeys! Very cool though, esp the little one. You got great shots there! (Dropping by from Nancie’s TPThursday!)

  17. Grace @ Green Global Travel December 8, 2014 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    The tiny baboon is amazing! Thanks for sharing your photos.

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