What Do Baboons Eat?

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Baboons are classified as omnivores, which means they eat both plants and animals. This animal eats grass and seeds as well as fish, birds and insects.

Baboons are classified as opportunistic omnivores, meaning they choose their food based on what is available. Grass is an important part of their diet, but baboons also eat pods, roots, blossoms, sap and bark from a variety of trees and plants. Baboons eat meat in small quantities, and their meat-based meals include small antelopes, fish, birds, rabbits and shellfish.

Habitat is just one of the factors that affects a baboon's diet. Some baboons live in savannas, but others live in rainforests. This has an effect on the type of food available at any given time.