As a wildlife photographer you strive to capture images of our planet’s iconic wildlife living free in the last remaining wildernesses on earth. However, even in these wild spaces, it’s hard to escape the ever-growing clutches of man, and many creatures have had to learn to adapt to their ever changing and ever shrinking world, some have been able to do this better than others. Baboons, being highly intelligent and extremely adaptable have had more success at leveraging human encroachment than many others. One particular occasion while returning from an evening game drive, we encountered a troop of baboons foraging below some electric pylons, but what really sparked our attention was the troop’s dominant male, perched in the pylon high above keeping a lookout for predators. As the sun went down he was joined by the rest of the troop who made it very clear that they were completely at home on the pylon. It was an incredible sight, seeing these animals not just adapt to this foreign structure in their environment but also use it to their advantage.
I feel that its important to photograph moments like these, not just to demonstrates an animal’s adaptability but also to shine a light on the issue of habitat loss. Our wild spaces are disappearing, and we have to do everything we can to conserve and protect what remains.
📷: Papio ursinus
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