December 8, 2011
Photograph by Clay Wilton
This Month in Photo of the Day: 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest Images
An adult male gelada rests in the early morning light after ascending the steep, sleeping cliffs of the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia. This male won his right to mate by successfully deposing the old leader. Now he must defend his harem by tending to his females' needs and fighting off anxious bachelors waiting for their chance to become harem leader.
(This photo and caption were submitted to the 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest.)
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