Private travel &
conservation club
Members only
Established 1991
×
SEARCH OUR STORIES
OR
SEARCH OUR SAFARIS
AND / OR
Africa Geographic Travel

Photos by Ann Warner

These pictures were taken outside the complex of the Caribbea Bay Hotel, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe.

Says Ann Warner:

“We were coming back to the hotel about 4.30pm in the afternoon, when I could not believe my eyes and asked my husband to stop the car.

Sitting on a rock was this very unusual baboon. I have to admit it gave us quite a fright and while I did manage to take these four shots, several more came out blurred due to my hands shaking. It seemed to be tagging along with a large troop of baboons that were passing through the hotel grounds and were feeding in the vegetation close by. All eventually moved off with our friend following.”

Dr Hamish Curry, a vet in Cape Town that has assisted with baboon issues on the Cape peninsula reacted to the pictures saying,

[quote]It’s not a pretty sight. I would need a history to get a proper diagnosis – but sarcoptic mange is a possibility. This is caused by an insect Sarcoptes scabei which is infectious to all mammals but generally will manifest in times of stress as in nutritional stress and others. Fungal infection is another. Hormonal imbalance is another (not itchy).[/quote]

Any ideas why this baboon might have become hairless? Have you seen something similar before? Let us know in the comments section below.

To comment on this story please join our PRIVATE TRAVEL & CONSERVATION CLUB. See details below.


HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF AFRICA GEOGRAPHIC:

  • Join our private travel & conservation club (mobile app and desktop) to enjoy significant benefits, including the best prices at Africa’s top lodges and networking with others like you. Find out more here.
  • Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to enjoy more stories like this. Subscribe here.
  • Travel with us. Travel in Africa is about knowing when and where to go, and with whom. A few weeks too early / late and a few kilometres off course and you could miss the greatest show on Earth. And wouldn’t that be a pity? Search for your ideal safari here, or contact an Africa Geographic safari consultant to plan your dream vacation.

We're the Africa Geographic editorial team – a diverse set of writers, editors, designers and social media natives, all united by our passion for this addictive continent.

Africa Geographic Travel