Rare Hamadryas baboon born at Ramat Gan Safari

“It's the first ginger-color-haired baboon born at the park in two decades,” says Safari's Curator.

By MORDECHAI I. TWERSKY
February 12, 2011 18:03
A baby orangutan

baby orangutan 58. (photo credit: Associated Press)

A rare, ginger-haired Hamadryas baboon was born at the Safari Park in Ramat Gan, Israel, at the end of January, according Park officials.

“It's the first ginger-color-haired baboon born at the park in two decades,” said Amelia Terkel, the Safari's Curator, who spoke to the JPost.com. “We thought the genes that are important for the determination of hair color had actually disappeared from our population.''

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The Safari is conducting a nation-wide campaign to come up with a name for the baboon, who weighed-in at 500 grams at her birth some ten days ago. The newborn's mother, ''Scud,'' was born during the Persian Gulf War, and her father is named ''Shapira.''

As can be seen from the attached video, the proud new parents are extremely protective of the new addition to their family.

The public is welcome to visit the newborn at the Safari during its regular visiting hours.


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