Baboons are monkeys found in "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That".


All baboons have long dog-like muzzles; heavy, powerful jaws with sharp canine teeth; close-set eyes; thick fur except on their muzzle; a short tail; and rough spots on their protruding bottoms, called ischical callosities. These calluses are nerveless, hairless pads of skin that provide for the sitting comfort of the baboon.

In all baboon species there is pronounced sexual diamorphism, usually in size but also sometimes in colour or canine development. Males of the Hamadryas Baboon species also have a large white mane.


Baboons are ground dwelling and are found in open savannah, open woodland and hills across Africa. Their diet is mostly plants; yet they eat insects and occasionally prey on fish, hares, birds, vervets, and small antelopes. They are foragers and are active at irregular times throughout the day and night. They can raid human dwellings and in South Africa they have been known to prey on sheep and goats.

Their principal predators are human beings, lions, hyenas, and leopards. They are however considered a difficult prey for the leopard, which is mostly a threat to young baboons. Large males will often confront them by flashing their eyelids, showing their teeth by yawning, making gestures, and chasing after the intruder/predator.

Baboons in captivity have been known to live up to 45 years, while in the wild their life expectancy is about 30 years.

Baboons are able to acquire things that form part of the ability to read.

Gallery of Baboons from the Franchise

Gallery of Real Baboons

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