• Open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Grounds close at 5 p.m.

OLIVE BABOON

(Papio anubis)

The Seneca Park Zoo has a troop of 12 baboons - 7 females (Pimento, Ursala, Pearl, Sabina, Peperella, Olive Oil, Olivella) and 5 males (Mansino, Jefferson Jr., Kalamata, Samson, Pico-de-Limon). Pimento, the dominant female, is most established in the baboon hierarchy. The baboons are mostly active during the day. They can be seen playing with the enrichment toys, running and grooming one another.

ABOUT THE OLIVE BABOON

STATUS IN THE WILD

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Lower risk; Least concern. The olive baboon is the most widespread African primate.

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HABITAT

Found in 25 countries throughout equatorial Africa, the olive baboon inhabits the African grasslands called the savannah.

DIET

Olive baboons have a diverse omnivorous diet. They eat everything from plants, flowers, fruits, shoots and twigs, insects, lizards, frogs and turtles.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Olive baboons live in groups of 15 to 150, with many females, a few males and the offspring.
  • Social hierarchy is important to baboons. Males fight to establish dominance, whereas females inherit dominance from their mothers.
  • The olive baboon is so named for its coat, which is a grey-green color from a distance.
  • Males are larger than females, weighing on average 53 pounds, whereas the female weighs on average 33 pounds.