MONKEY HUNTERS

Lions rarely hunt baboons. These large monkeys are armed with dangerous teeth, they are hard to catch and usually not worth the risk or effort. But there is one place in Africa’s Great Rift Valley where baboons are plentiful and lions have learned to catch them. The river in Tarangire National Park in Tanzania never runs dry During the dry season herds of animals come to the river to drink. It is a time of plenty for the predators, but when it rains on the surrounding plain, the herds abandon Tarangire. The predators then only have the resident animals to hunt. Desperations forces the lions to target unusual prey; the baboons.

Producers :
Evert van den Bos
Edith Brinkers
Caroline Brett

Narrator :
Simon Shrimpton-Smith

2004

Documentary / Wildlife
48 min