Filed Under (Benin wildlife, Malian culture) by Rob on 11-02-2011

Wow, we were just driving through Mali, minding our own business, when dozens of baboons ran across the road in front of the car, just like that!

What a surprise! Until they appeared I hadn’t even realized that Mali had any wild baboons, which further added to my astonishment at seeing around fifty at once. Here are a couple of them close up:

Looking at their long, dark noses and the large quantity of hair on their fronts, I’d say these were Guinea baboons but the olive baboon is also resident to this part of Mali. Oh, and here’s the photo you all really want to see:

Of course, this isn’t my first sighting of wild African animals; we saw elephants, lions, buffalo, hippos, a hyena, monkeys, crocodiles and baboons in the Pendjari National Park in Benin in 2005/6. Here’s my baboon photo from that time:

Baboon(click to enlarge)

And here’s the album of all the wild animals we saw there. But, in a way, we expected to see at least some wild animals there; after all, it was a national park. Today’s manifestation, however, was a big surprise, but a very pleasant one!

1 Comment posted on "Baboons in Mali!"
mads on February 12th, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

ah baboons