The Hot, Sandy Desert

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Papio vulcanus can only be found in the scorching range of the Sahara. Compared to its relatives mostly found scattered all over Africa as well as East Asia, the Papio vulcanus dwells in the extreme environment due to its specific lifestyle and necessities. The baboon is capable of surviving blazing temperatures. The Fire baboon is a subfamily in the Cercopithecidae family, closely related to the Papio hamadryas or Hamadryas baboon species. The hot, sandy desert offers very limited resources for Fire Baboons to survive on, however that is not a problem due to their extremely efficient physique. But nonetheless, the climate does provide certain amenities such as cacti that contain refreshing liquids, diverse animal groups that are fitting for the dietary needs of the Papio vulcanus such as insects, reptiles and small mammals (“Live Science Web,” 2012). Although the majority of its relatives live in tropical climates all around East Asia, the Papio vulcanus is the only species of its kind to be able to live and thrive within such a harsh environment of intense heat hence its name. The Papio vulcanus is at the top of the food chain in regards to the animals existing in the desert. The baboon is capable of surviving the intense heat during the day as well as give off heat to warm itself and its surrounding area during the freezing temperatures of the night. The Papio vulcanus hunts mostly during the night due to its ability to sense heat signatures given off by
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