Baboons on the Bank opens!

It’s time to settle in at our newest exhibit – a £20,000 natural hillside home for a five-strong group of Gelada baboons.

dzg_baboon_bank_3Baboons on the Bank provides a base for DZG’s resident males Femi and Ebano and females Jimma, Addis, Tana, who relocated from France in May.

The indoor shelter, with adjoining paddock, was designed and built in-house by our development team and wholly funded by DZG’s coffers.

Senior Curator, Derek Grove, who headed the project, said: “We required a larger area for the baboons when we had the opportunity to set up a new breeding group.

 “Geladas are the last surviving species of grazing primates, so the bank was the perfect solution allowing us to use a natural environment to a better advantage.

“They display very well on the hillside and there are a number of places where visitors can see them, including the indoor shelter which can be accessed via the new staircase by the fairground, adjacent to the reindeer paddock at the top of the bank, or simply by soaring above them on the country’s only vintage chairlift.”

The large enclosure also features an airy indoor living space for the baboons, which boasts separate rooms, windows, heating and climbing logs.

The completion of the Gelada baboon project is another successful stage of DZG’s ongoing 2013/2014 renovation programme.  Watch our latest video of the Gelada baboons here>

Other projects include the £15,000 refurbishment of Reptile House, the £330,000 resurfacing and repairs to the roadways across the 40-acre site and the construction of a £30,000 walkway between Penguin Bay and Reptile House.

Next month work begins on our new entrance, car park and welcome plaza – exciting times!  

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