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Learn from your cousins, The Baboons!!! by Olumide Holloway

These guys pack a serious bite and are only hunted by lion and occasionally hyena.

Today let’s talk about your cousins, you know the ones your Biology/ science teacher told you that you evolved from. Are you not a science student?

The Baboon is regarded as man’s closest brother that is capable of reasoning and learning. They stand at about 3 feet tall and can weigh up to 100 pounds.

The Baboon is an aggressive, cunning and intelligent animal that will eat almost anything, including small mammals and birds. 

They are social primate and live in groups of 30 to 50 individuals with a dominant male leader and strict social hierarchy. Some groups can reach up to 250 but average size is 50 for most groups. Male dominance is determined by grunts and visual threats, followed by aggressive fights.

A group of Baboons will put up a deadly fight to defend their own or to “obtain” food from other animals.

They sometimes attack people to take food, defend food or if they feel threatened. They are armed with 3 inch long canines (said to be the same size as a Lion) and powerful jaws. Their bite can easily penetrate skin, break bones and even kill.

The Baboon can climb trees, but don’t really live in trees. They prefer caves and spend most times on the ground.

Aside humans, the main real predators they have are the big cats i.e. Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs. Usually, if faced with just one big cat, the male Baboons will display their teeth, yelling at the top of their voices. If that does not work, then they will fight if need be.

If faced with Lions, the Baboons run up a tree. But if faced with a Leopard, they flee from the tree (cos Leopards can climb trees easily). One or two male Baboons can steal food from a cheetah, cos the cat can’t afford any form of injury.

The Baboon yearly strategy is to feed, mate and stay alive.


A strategy is usually long term e.g. 12 months. But you can have plenty tactics within one strategy.

Their tactics for staying alive is knowing which cat to run from, where to run to, when to fight and in the case of the Cheetah, when to be a bully and steal food.

However when the African Wild Dogs aka Painted Wolves, started hunting and killing Baboons, they were caught unawares. So instead of climbing trees, the Baboons fled on foot and the Dogs easily caught and killed some.

At work, in business, in school, in relationships, in marriage, and in life, some problems end up been seen as routine and your response/ reaction is on Auto pilot. But what do you do when a new, unseen problem/ challenge arises and knocks you off your strides???

Start by reviewing your four “S”: structure, strategy, skills and system.

Structure: do you still have the right people in place? Do they have the necessary skills for this new challenge?

Strategy: does the long term plan address this new issue? Do we change strategy, adopt new tactics or modify existing tactics?

Skills: do we need new people with the required skills or just training? What training do our people need to implement the strategy or tactics to be used?

System aka process flow: how soon can we Implement the updated system? How do we ensure ease of process flow due to the changes introduced?

The African Wild Dogs hunt in packs and stand at just 2.5 feet. But their strength is in their numbers and ability to out last a prey in a foot race. On ground they are faster than the Baboon.

Once the African Wild Dogs gave chase and the Baboons ran, they become easy pickings for the dogs. The moment a dog sinks his teeth into a Baboon, fractions of seconds later, two or more pack members will grab different parts of the Baboon and literally rip it apart.

After series of successful attacks by the Dogs on them, the Baboons began to adapt by changing their own behavior.

Instead of running from the Dogs, the Baboons will launch a counter attack by charging the Dogs and tying to bite them. With time, the Dogs started to sustain deep wounds from bites inflicted on them by the Baboons.

Thus, it gradually became a dangerous pursuit for the Dogs to hunt Baboons.

New problems and challenges will always arise in life, and as long as you run from it, you will always be a victim.

The common saying is that,
when the going gets tough, the tough get going o!!!
Pray, tell me, going to where?
Please note that it is now, when the going gets tough, the tough seek collaboration.

Review your four “S,” ask questions, seek answers, plan, upgrade your armour/ weapons/skills, work as a unit aka partner/ co-operate/collaborate, work your plan, execute your plan and then perfect the process.

Do what you need to do so you can win the battle….cos winter is coming. Sorry, no winter in Africa, but you get the drift.

Don’t let Dogs aka problems/ challenges give you the run around, learn from your cousins, the Baboons, stand and fight. After all, blood is thicker than water

King Olulu, not from Zulu.

Building capacity in people using words and poetry.

All animal pictures were gotten online, we do not own the pictures.

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