Baboon Rescue

Papio hamadryas (Hamadryas Baboon)
Status: Least Concern ver 3.1
Pop. trend: increasing

Our four male Hamadryas Baboons relocated to us in July 2014 from the AAP Centre in Spain where they had been living for a few years after having been rescued from poor situations.

Diallo and Anando were confiscated from a circus style zoo in Germany, Rastan was living in poor conditions in a house in France and Einstein was confiscated by German Customs Officers at their border control. Unfortunately he had already been castrated so hasn’t developed his grey mantel and he also suffers from a heart condition and arthritis. Diallo and Anando developed a few behavioural problems during their time in the circus.

We are pleased we could offer them a good and stable home for the remainder of their lives. Their enclosure has been purpose built for them to suit all their needs and there are daily talks at the baboon enclosure to introduce them to you and talk about the international wildlife trade.

Hamadryas Baboon – Papio hamadryas

Hamadryas Baboons come from Semi desert areas, savannahs and rocky areas around the Horn of Africa and the South West tip of the Arabian peninsula. They require cliffs for sleeping and finding water. The pink “sitting pads” on a baboon’s rump make it more comfortable for the animal to sleep in a seated position.

They are omnivorous therefore eating blossoms, seeds, grasses, wild roots, leaves, insects, reptiles and small mammals. They change their tastes to whatever is available.

Ancient Egyptians considered the hamadryas baboon to be sacred and associated it with Thoth, the god of letters. They were also associated with sun worship.

Major threats

Although they are not endangered they suffer habitat loss due to major agricultural expansion and irrigation projects. Adult males are hunted for their skins which are used to embellish ceremonial cloaks in Ethiopia. They were formally trapped in large numbers for medical research. They are classed as vermin in the African convention along with other species of Baboon.