Primates staff are eagerly awaiting the arrival of conservationist and TV presenter, Bill Oddie who is due to open our £20,000 Baboons on the Bank exhibit.
The one-acre natural hillside is home to a family group of Geladas and during the midday launch Bill will also be saying hello to his namesake – seven-week-old male, Billie born July 8 to mum, Addis and dad, Ebano ?our first Gelada baby.
Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: Bill will officially open our Baboons on the Bank enclosure which was constructed by our Development Team and provides a natural hillside home for the five-strong Gelada group.
He will also be taking in a tour of the site to see our latest developments and meeting a few new arrivals during our recent baby boom – including baby Billie.
Geladas the last surviving species of grazing primate, and ‘shuffle feeders’ as they rarely stand to eat grass originate from the Ethiopian highlands and are also known as bleeding heart baboons due to the bare patch of red skin on their chests.
Make sure you join us at midday today to welcome Bill Oddie and baboon baby, Billie at the official opening of DZGs Baboons on the Bank.
Baboons on the Bank can be viewed from an indoor shelter on the lower level, at the top of the bank adjacent to the reindeer paddock or simply by soaring over them on the countrys only vintage chairlift.