Notebooking Safari-Yemen and the Hamadryas Baboon


Hamadryas Baboon and Yemen Notebooking SafariOur next stop in our notebooking safari across Asia takes us to Thailand. If you’re new to the notebooking safari, visit our first stop here. To see all the notebooking safari posts, click here.


I think this next animal is one of the strangest looking creatures I’ve ever seen! You’ll have to see it for yourself and let me know what you think. It’s called the hamadryas baboon. We can find the hamadryas anywhere that there is water nearby. Come on, let’s go toward the shore and see if we can find a group of them to observe.

There, I think I see some up ahead. Let’s get a little closer.

OK, that’s far enough. Now, do you see that group of nine animals all traveling together, then the single animal trailing behind them? That is one group of baboons. If you look closely, you can see that one of the baboons in the group looks different than the others. Eight of them are brown, but the biggest one is silvery gray. He is the male. He also has a big, puffy coat of hair all around his neck and shoulders. I think he looks like someone aimed a hair dryer at him!

The male hamadryas will lead the group all day long until it is time to sleep for the night. Then he will meet with other small groups in his clan. Several clans gather together and form a band, and several bands might all meet together to sleep for the night. So, instead of small groups of hamadryas that would be easy prey for predators, they will spend the night in groups of hundreds.

What’s that? Oh, you want to know why that one hamadryas is trailing along by himself. Do you see how he has a big gray coat? That lets us know he is another male. Sometimes there are more male than female hamadryas. A smaller male who doesn’t have a group of his own to look after will shadow a larger male and learn how he takes care of his group. One day, if something happens to the larger male, the younger one is ready to take control and care for the female baboons.

Using the information you find here, answer the following questions:

True or False:

1. The hamadryas has a pink hairless face.

2. You can find hamadryas in many countries, including Turkey.

3. A snack of flower roots and bulbs is regularly on the menu for the hamadryas.

Research challenge:  What animals prey upon hamadryas baboons?

Here is a printable notebooking page to enjoy!

Christmas Unit Study on Christian Persecution Today

Christmas Unit Study on Christian Persecution Today “Why can’t we just celebrate the season with others? Why trouble us with sad words about suffering? Would it be right for Americans to remember only General Eisenhower on the day commemorating victory, while forgetting those who gave their lives in war?”1

Those words reminded me of two truths that I must not forget this Christmas. The Baby whose birth we celebrate this Christmas came to die to save us from our sins. (John 12:27) Our sin was that bad; there was no other way we could have peace with God.

Because Jesus died and came back to life, we are free to know God and are compelled to tell others of the price He paid to give us life and peace. But many tonight are not free to tell others openly. They face abuse, torture, or even death.

Please pray with me for all those who are not free to celebrate Christmas and worship the Lord openly tonight. If you’d like to explore the topic of Christian persecution with your children in a sensitive and age-appropriate way, I’d be honored if you’d consider using my Christmas unit study A Martyr’s Christmas, which is written for elementary-middle school aged children. It is a simple way to explore Colombia, India, Turkey, and Algeria while meeting men and women who have suffered for their faith in Christ at Christmastime.

For more resources to help you teach your children about Christian persecution today, I invite you to check out my book Asia: Its People and History, which introduces elementary and middle school students to the history of six Asian nations. It shows what life is like for Christians in these nations today and how to pray for them. It also shares ways we can pray for the lost. There are also a number of FREE supplemental resources that you can use independently or alongside the book.



1. The quote above is from The Voice of the Martyrs December 2013 newsletter. In the newsletter, the words of Richard Wurmbrand, their founder and a man who spent many years in desolate prisons, are edited and excerpted from The voice of the Martyr’s December 1994 newsletter.

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