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Gelada Family

Gelada Family
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): AnimalExplorer Favorites 2nd folder [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-30 8:58
Viewed: 7492
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello dear TN Friends,

Before I placed a photo of a Gelada Baboon male. Now a photo of the whole family.
Most of the time it was very foggy, but this photo was taken when it was clear for a moment.
We could come very close to the baboons. They eat their grass and don’t mind our presence at all. They don’t look…, but they are very peaceful. (from a distance).

The Gelada (Theropithecus gelada), sometimes called the Gelada Baboon, is a species of Old World monkey found only in the Ethiopian Highlands, with large populations in the Semien Mountains. Geladas are not actually true baboons, and differ by having nostrils that are a further distance from the tip of the muzzle than other baboons.

Although not listed as endangered, only 50,000-60,000 Geladas are known to exist. Hunting and habitat destruction have forced the Gelada into areas formerly inhabited only by the Olive Baboon, and hybridisation between the two species has been observed.

Possibly two or three. T.g.gelada (Northern), P.g.obscurus (Southern).

Life span
Gelada baboons have a lifespan of over 19 years.

Body length: 50-74cm, Tail length: 32-40cm, Weight: 11-20kg.

Physical description
Adult male gelada baboons have a long, heavy dark cape. Both genders have an hourglass-shaped area of bright pink skin on the neck and chest, which is indicative of fertility.

Gelada baboons inhabit Ethiopia.

They live on mountain grassland with no tall trees, and are restricted to altitudes of 1400-4400m.

This species feeds almost exclusively on grass.

Gelada baboons live in multi-male, multi-female groups, which can sometimes have as many as 600 members. In these large groups, bands of 50-300 tend to forage together, regrouping at night. They are diurnal and terrestrial. During the night, geladas sleep on treeless cliffs, away from predators.

After a gestation period of 150-180 days, females give birth to one infant.

(Source: www.bbc.co.uk/nature/wildfacts/factfiles and wikipedia)

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-11-30 9:04]

Hola amigo,
excelente disparo y buena captura,
detalles y excelente calidad...
saludos Peter

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-30 9:07]

Hi Peter,

Wow! What a wonderful family of Gelada Baboons. It's so good to see them like this in their natural habitat. You captured them beautifully as they go about doing what Geladas do. Excellent colors and fine details of the faces and fur. The one staring at you doesn't look too friendly even though you say they are peaceful. A marvelous post of something most of us will never see for ourselves.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-30 9:09]

Hi Peter. A nice family group . Your picture shows they have very long coats. A most unusual lookig Baboon i think its the shape of the face. You have good detail and natural colours. all with interesting notes. well done TFS.

Hello peter, lovely shot of this beautiful gelada family.
TFS and greetings,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-30 9:29]

Hello Peter,
WOW! A family photo of Gelada Baboons.Very good sharpness, details and colours.Excellent exposure and background.Well done.
Regards Siggi

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-30 9:30]

Hello Peter,
Your collection of pictures from Ethiopia is fantastic. Every time a new surprise and here a great capture of a splendid Gelada baboon family. I love your composition with the 'boss' in front and their coats are amazing! Excellent details and beautiful colours and a fine soft background that makes the subjects stand out sharply. Well done and thanks for the note too!
Best wishes, Ulla

Hi Peter,
This is a wooooonderful picture!!!! I like a lot the gelada family scene. Sharpnes, moment captured, landscape, ...all is good and nice
10 points

amazign family, I envy you for seeing so many treasures in Ethiopia. TFS Ori

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-30 10:06]

Hi Peter,
Magnificent capture.Details,DOF,POV and composition are perfect.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Peter,
Very sweet image! I love everything about it. It shows great detail with the perfect settings. Thanks for sharing this wonderful image.
Paul :)

Hi Peter, great capture of lovely family, wonderful view from africa, excellent sharpness and great colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-30 10:43]

Hi Peter,
A very nice family photo :o) I like the composition, DOF and the scene you captured. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-30 10:57]

Hi Peter.
Fantastic scene at whole and so amazing shot by quality. I like wonderful main subject - very attractive group of monkeys - which is supplemented by the most impressive BG. All is brilliant: great details and sharpness of the grass and monkeys, fine exposure of the animal images and remote mountains, superb POV and composition of the image. Bravo. Great job.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-30 12:42]

Hello Peter,
A fine and well composed shot of this Gelada Baboon family, the dominant male looking his role while the rest of the family goes about its business.
Technically a great shot and interesting to view and I thank you for that!
Best regards, Ivan

Hello Peter,
Excellent presentation of this endanger species. We can see them in their natural environement. The dominant male seems to watch on you in order to protect the others. Very nice nature shot. Best regards,

This is a great capture of this family grouping, Peter. You managed to get them all in focus. Sharpness, colors, and light all feel very natural to me.

Evelynn : )

Hi Peter what a lovely and beautiful family of Gelada Baboon. Excellent shot in all around.
TFS and cheers,

Hi Peter,
Very interesting extended family; great layered composition, good DOF and sharpnes of details, good impression on the old one's face.

Very good family photo Peter, great details & DOF at f/9.
Color and exposure looks great too, well composed..
They look like they're on the edge of cliff?
Well done!

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-30 23:07]

Hello Peter,

What a fine photo you have made! The quality of the image is impresive having a very good sharpnes and an excelent composition. The animals are shown in great details with fine, naturaly looking colors. The fogy weater has been well used as the blurry background enhaces even more the feeling of sharpness main subject is shown with.

Thank you for sharing,

Ciao Peter,
bellissimo momento di cattura di questo gruppo familiare, splendida composizione con il solo capo branco che sorveglia e difende il suo territorio in una bella ambientazione naturale, ottima nitidezza.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-01 1:20]

Hello Peter,
Very nice and peaceful family! Looks like paradise here. The fact that we don't see their faces from too close, makes them look harmless and friendly. Excellent composition and choice of point of view.
Thanks for this special picture

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-12-01 2:55]

Merhaba Dostum,
Çok uyumlu ve mutlu görünen bu Babun ailesinin enfes bir karesini yüklemişsin. Çok hoş ve değerli bir belge. Emeğinize sağlık.


Hi Peter

Great shot of this gelada family high in the mountains
YOu certainly do get to some interesting locations.
Good family composition and I like the rocky background


Hello Peter,
Nice portrait of Gelada, great comsosition and POV.

Hallo peter,

mooie familiefoto van deze Bavianen.
Goed van scherptediepte en een mooi oogkontakt met het mannetje.


Hello Peter,
I know Gelada Baboons from documentary films. They are one of famous Primates species. Your captured wonderful. all details great, POV and composition too. Whole family looks very happy and they gave to you great pose. Thanks for sharing, well done

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-02 0:42]

Hi Peter

An amazing view of this Gelada Baboon family!
I've seen a documentary on them once and this looks exactly like that - the whole family, their peacefulness and their surroundings.
The details are terrific here, the different poses are excellent and the look on that big male's face is impressive.
Wonderful colors everywhere and excellent control of the exposure.

Bravo and TFS

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-12-02 13:55]

Hello Peter! What a fabulous shot, it's so sharp and clear and those guys are fantastic subjects, very impressive my friend! Thanks!


Hello Peter

What a good capture of these Geladas .
The large one is very impressive.The details are wonderful.
Excellent POV.
I really like the natural colours and setting.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-10 19:06]

Hello Peter,
WOW, great family image here Peter, they look very relaxed as you said in your note, but you are being watched. Thanks for sharing this superb image.

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