, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 59–116

Positional behaviour of olive baboons (Papio anubis) and its relationship to maintenance and social activities


  • M. D. Rose
    • University of Nairobi

DOI: 10.1007/BF02382953

Cite this article as:
Rose, M.D. Primates (1977) 18: 59. doi:10.1007/BF02382953


A troop of olive baboons (Papio anubis) was studied over a four week period. Total observation time was 140 hours, 118 hours of which were spent gathering quantitative data on positional behaviour and the maintenance and social behaviour with which it is associated. The contribution of each activity on a time basis to the positional repertoire is described and some data is presented on the development of positional activities in infants. The contribution of positional activities to various maintenance and social activities is also described quantitatively. The complex of positional, maintenance, social and environmental factors involved especially in feeding, foraging, play, and grooming are described and discussed. The similarities between the adaptive response shown during the study period and that of other ground living cercopithecines is also discussed.

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