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There is a large troop of Gelada baboons here at Edinburgh Zoo and, like many primates, they have a complex social structure.

You can help feed and care for our geladas and threatened animals around the world by donating today - if you can, please support our Survival Fund.

Fun Facts!

  • Geladas are actually not true baboons at all, and in fact belong to a separate genus altogether
  • They are the last surviving species of grass-grazing primates
  • They are “shuffle-feeders” who rarely stand up when grazing. Instead, they prefer to continuously pluck grass blades whilst shuffling from place to place on their bottoms!
  • They use a complex mix of facial expression and vocalisations to communicate with others in the group. These can be very subtle or extremely obvious!

How we're helping

As a wildlife conservation charity, we care for both the animals here at the zoo and work to protect endangered species around the world.

From providing genetics expertise and veterinary health, to protecting wild places with local conservation partners, and even restoring threatened species to the wild, we are active where we are needed most.

Our geladas are part of the European Endangered Species Programme. The human population in their native Ethiopia is growing, which leaves the species more at risk from habitat loss, hunting and poaching.

Projects like the Budongo Conservation Field Station, work with local communities to help them learn to coexist with the wildlife around them, a vital part of protecting threatened species.

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