The baboons of Amboseli

Founded in 1971, the Amboseli Baboon Project is one of the longest-running studies of wild primates in the world. The project centres on the savannah baboon, Papio cynocephalus that lives in the Amboseli basin of southern Kenya and tracks hundreds of known individuals in several social groups over the course of their entire lives.

With over 40 years of data, the project can answer questions about the relationships between social behaviour, relatedness, and population genetic structure in wild populations that would not be possible with only a few years of research. The project also addresses other aspects of baboon biology, such as genetics, hormones, nutrition, hybridization, parasitology, and relations with other species.

Susan Alberts from Duke University co-directs the Amboseli Baboon Research Project with Jeanne Altmann at Princeton University, out now in the current issue of the journal is a new Synthesis paper by Susan on Social influences on survival and reproduction: Insights from a long‐term study of wild baboons.

To complement the publication of this Synthesis paper, Susan shares some of the best photos from her fieldwork in Amboseli and reveals more about the lives of the baboons.

 

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