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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.

M. F. NESTURKH

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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.
Four kilometres up in the Ethiopian mountains, 800-strong bands of gelada baboons roam the land.
Our male group of gelada baboons have had a major extension to their enclosure - it's almost three times its original size!
More than 3000 metres up in the Simien mountains of Ethiopia, she encounters gelada baboons.
? CONSERVATIONIST and TV presenter Bill Oddie will open the PS20,000 Baboons on the Bank exhibit at DZG featuring a family group of Gelada baboons, on Bank Holiday Monday, August 25.
FIVE male Gelada baboons have settled well into their new hillside home after moving from Austria.
The zoo's rare Gelada baboons are also proving to be hugely popular, too.
Head of Lower Primates Nicola Wright with Gelada Baboons; and, right, trainee keeper Shaun Crompton starts counting the Spider Monkeys
"When I turned 21 I decided I really wanted to be a zoo keeper so juggled studying and singing for a while until I gained my qualifications and secured an apprencticeship at Dudley Zoo." Now Jade works with endangered chimpanzees, spider monkeys, Gelada baboons, squirrel monkeys and Saki monkeys.
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."