The title for this one, in case of confusion, is in reference to the subject's shaggy cape and impressive fangs. I was actually torn between this title and naming it “But I Left It Right Here!” for the pose and open-mouthed expression, though felt Cloak and Daggers might be confusing enough ;^)

The subject is in fact a male Gelada Baboon, one of a small family I encountered during a visit to Howletts Wildlife Park located in Kent, England. Unlike most animals I photograph, this specie's numbers are so numerous in the wild they are listed as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Conservation Status list, though the Gelada Baboon only occurs naturally in the Semien Mountains of Ethiopia.

Gelada Baboon live in highly complex social groups with a multi-level hierarchy according to size, reproduction units, and bands of males. Occasionally these bands overlap each others territory and herds are formed consisting of up to 400 individuals, though usually these larger groups split apart.

Thanks for your interest and wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead!

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