I studied Hamadryas Baboons at the Singapore Zoological Gardens for my honours thesis. It was about their aggression and reconciliation behaviours. We named about 30 baboons, and yes, we could recognise them. Whenever we reached their enclosure, we’d greet each of them cheerily!
Often, they were doing their own thing. There were times when fierce fights took place; and at other times, they enjoyed a quiet moment.
I really like this photograph of an alpha male; this was my desktop wallpaper for awhile.
Was he bored?
Was he spying on his females’ interaction with other males?
Was he contemplating about his life in this enclosed area?
Was he planning an escape?
Many a times, I think the baboons were observing us instead.