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Gelada

 

(Theropithecus gelada), a monkey of the family Cercopithecidae, order of Primates. In males body length is 70-74 cm; tail length, 46-50 cm; and weight, approximately 20 kg. Females are smaller: body length, 50-65 cm; weight, approximately 13 kg. Geladas resemble baboons. The male’s mantle of fur is brown, and the female has gray fur. There is an hourglass patch of bare red skin on the chest. Geladas are found in the mountains of Ethiopia above 2,000 m. They live in rocky areas in herds of up to 400 and feed on onions, grasses, and insects. They rarely climb trees.

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Female gelada baboons select their mates based on color and heat emanating from their chest patches of exposed skin.
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Gelada baboons are native to Ethiopia and zoo staff say they have been listed by wildlife experts as a threatened species.
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Four kilometres up in the Ethiopian mountains, 800-strong bands of gelada baboons roam the land.
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Species featured across the months include Bornean orang utans, Rothschild giraffes, Gelada baboons, Stanley cranes - the national bird of South Africa - and a rhinoceros iguana, alongside Brazilian tapirs, Humboldt penguins and Santa's favourite reindeer.
Senior Curator Derek Grove, who headed the project, said: "We required a larger area for the Gelada baboons when we had the opportunity to set up a new breeding group.
Assistant curator Richard Brown said: "The grapes went down very well with the Gelada baboons and tapirs Chico and Ronnie adored the pears and apples It was very good of Pat, Gordon and Tricia to think of us and the fruits certainly boosted the animals' five-a-day intake.