Zoo's cute baby baboon makes public debut

(Julie Larsen Maher © Wildlife Conservation Society)

(Julie Larsen Maher © Wildlife Conservation Society)

A cute baby baboon has made his public debut at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Zoo.

Kaia, a 12-year-old Hamadrayas baboon, gave birth to the as-yet unnamed male infant on Oct 22. Bole, a 23-year-old male, is the father. The baby baboon is Kaia’s second birth at the zoo.

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The zoo breeds Hamadryas baboons as part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP), a cooperative breeding program administered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  The Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the Prospect Park Zoo, explains that two baboons born there last year have been sent to another AZA-accredited zoo where they will eventually start their own breeding troop.

Hamadryas baboons are native to northeastern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.