It”s a very exciting time for the Wildlife Conservation Society”s Bronx Zoo, because for the first time in more than 13 years, a baby gelada baboon was born! What”s a gelada, you ask? It”s an old world monkey that sports a stylish red patch on its chest, granting it the nickname of a “bleeding heart baboon.” Geladas are native to Ethiopia, and their habitat at the zoo, which has been their home since 1990, is representative of their natural environment.
If you think that baboons couldn”t possibly make you squeal from cuteness, be prepared to be proven wrong…
This is your chance to see the baby baboon play around and interact with the adults!
The little guy was born last fall, and has been bonding with his mom over the winter.
He”s clearly learning how to channel his tree-jumping abilities.
When he”s all grown-up, he”ll weigh up to 65 pounds…
So he better enjoy these piggyback rides while they last!
“Mom! Catch up with that guy!”
Watch the only baby Gelada in the U.S. in action!
(source Wildlife Conservation Society)
If you”re lucky enough to live in New York to visit this happy, little baboon, you can register and share your photos of the new baby at NYisWild.com. Who knows, you could win one of the many prizes, including a trip to Belize! But even if you don”t, you”ll still win at life because you got to witness this cute creature!
WCS”s mission is to “[Save] wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.” You can learn more about their cause on their website, where you can also donate to help conserve species like the gelada baboon!