Spying on raiding baboons

Whilst the field rangers are successful at minimizing human-baboons’ conflicts, some males were still finding ways in. We therefore wanted to understand how the baboons were doing this. However, urban ventures are so fast, so intense, that we couldn’t keep up following them by foot in urban areas with high walls and security fences. We had to find another method to document the very special techniques baboons were adopting when raiding. We applied new motion sensor technologies to quantify how much an animal moves in the three dimensions. Such methods have been used for more than a decade, but mainly on birds or sea mammals.

Have a look to our paper here.

Identification of behaviours from accelerometer data in a wild social primate

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