AMONG THE BABOONS
A hundred years ago, there were probably more baboons in Africa than people. Now, humans far outnumber them, and relations between the two are hostile at best. In Kenya, baboons are classified as vermin. And yet, baboons are highly intelligent creatures, remarkably similar to people. They live in close-knit societies, relying on each other through devoted friendships and strong family ties. On the rocky plains of central Kenya, anthropologist Dr. Shirley Strum has spent most of the last 20 years studying the olive baboon. Her work has brought her right to the heart of the conflict between baboons and humans.