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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Primates
Family:Cercopithecidae
Genus:Theropithecus
Genus species:Theropithecus gelada

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:50-74 cm
Weight:14-21 kg
Identification:The coat of the gelada baboon is brown and becomes paler at the ends. This baboon has a mane, a long shoulder cape, a patch of naked red skin at the base of neck and chest, and a naked red rump.
Habitat:Grasslands, scrublands, woodlands
Diet:Omnivore: grass, roots, bulbs, seeds, fruit, insects
Reproduction:There is no set mating season for this species, although it is often synchronized within a group. Gestation lasts 5-6 months with just one young being born to each female.
Groups consist of one male with several females. Several groups form larger bands and bands will sometimes gather into herds when grazing. Within these groups, females form strong bonds with an established hierarchy.
Behavior:Gelada baboons are diurnal, sleeping on rock outcroppings at night. All male groups graze separately from mixed groups.
Status:Vulnerable
Interesting Facts:These are the only primates that graze.

Other Information

Geographic:Northeastern Africa Date:1982-08 Subjects:primate
Gelada baboon
Bleeding heart monkey
monkey
Theropithecus
Baboons
Cercopithecidae
Monkeys
Primates
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata