Nature Documentary - Nat Geo 2021



A short extract from the first in a series of documentaries for global distribution.

Vocal Characteristics



Voice Age

Middle Aged (35-54)


British (England - South East - Oxford, Sussex) British (General) British (Received Pronunciation - RP, BBC)


Note: Transcripts are generated using speech recognition software and may contain errors.
growing up in the bush is dangerous for all youngsters. For many animals, it's the wet season. That's the safest time to raise offspring. The vegetation is lush and provides cover, and the rivers are full. Everyone has their own way of protecting their young. For these yellow baboons, safety comes in numbers. One lookout stays in the tree while the rest of the troop spread out to forage. These babies are around eight weeks old. They're patient. Mothers act as nurse maids, groomers, playmates and even chauffeurs. It's not unusual to have a godfather, a male baboon who looks out for an infants welfare, even if they do sometimes play a bit rough. Acting as a godfather gives males the chance to impress the females they'd like to meet with in the future. The role can also be filled by young males. They've recently joined the troupe and are looking for acceptance. Like lions, female baboons spend their whole lives in the troops. They've been born into. A strict hierarchy exists with offspring, inheriting the social status of their mothers. So a baby of a high ranking mother holds a greater position than older members of lower social standing Despite the pecking order, the troops stick together to protect their little ones. If these youngsters can stay safe for another eight months, they will be able to fend for themselves.