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Keywords:wellington, zoo, zoological, gardens, captive, captivity, Hamadryas, baboon, conservation
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Date modified12-Oct-12 13:33
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Hamadryas baboon 1

Hamadryas baboon 1

The Hamadryas baboon (Papio hamadryas) is the northernmost of all the baboons, being native to the Horn of Africa and the southwestern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. The Hamadryas baboon was a sacred animal to the ancient Egyptians and appears in various roles in ancient Egyptian religion.

Zoos are increasingly recognising their role both in conservation and in education, becoming more naturalistic in environment, focusing more on species preservation and scientific research and less on entertainment. The pressure of vanishing and unprotected habitats worldwide forces the consideration of captive management, as for many species - zoos are likely to be the last stop on the way to extinction.