Figure 4. Social relationships affect an individual’s access to food and other resources, its access to information, and its vulnerability to predation. Social relationships can also represent protection against other baboons who are threatening or competitive. Probably for these reasons, individuals form social bonds early in life, and these bonds may persist for years. This is especially true for females, who remain throughout life in the social group into which they were born; males tend to move between social groups periodically. Photo credit: Chelsea Weibel.