It’s a big day for a special little girl today as our first female baby gelada turns one!
The birth of Kadida, the youngest of the breeding troop, finally broke our all-boy chain and we were so tickled pink about her arrival we invited our Facebook followers to choose her pretty name.
Senior Keeper, Jodie Dryden, said: “We can’t believe Kadida’s one already; she’s already developed quite a little personality and has the whole group looking out for her.
“She’s not as boisterous as the other four juvenile boys and tends to stay close to mum Tana and the other two adult females, Jimma and Addis.
“She does occasionally play with Dendi, who is five-weeks older than her, but we’ve spotted her big brothers, Ambo and Billie carrying her, so it seems like she’s managed to wrap them around her little finger already!”
Our troop are part of a European Endangered Species Programme with five babies – Billie, Ambo, Gimbi, Dendi and Kadida – born here since 2014. Dad to all five is Ebano.