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The Gelada, (Theropithecus gelada),  is an old world monkey that lives in the Ethiopian highlands. It is quite terrestrial like its close relatives, the baboons. It is one of the few species of monkeys that live in the mountains.

The gelada is included in the African Adventure expansion pack for Zoo Tycoon 2.

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Habitat

Geladas live in the alpine biome. It cannot swim or climb trees.

Diet

Geladas are omnivores and essencially graminivore animals, that will feeds on fruits, grasses, and insects.

Enrichment

Geladas like the feeder ball and the rubber ball.

Shelter

Geladas will use the rock shelter.

Behavior

Geladas are social animals the live in large family groups. Males will mate with more than one female. Females give birth to one baby at a time. They do not mind sharing their exhibit with other animals.

Zoopedia Information

While the gelada family unit is male-cetric, it is not male-dominated. The females of the band are smaller than the males, but as a group, they are powerful, and they know it!

When predators are nearby, the male gelada emits a two-phase bark that sounds like "wahoo!"

Geladas have a complex social structure and need a lot of communication to maintain it. There are 27 different sounds in the gelada language, as well as tactile communication and numerous facial expressions.

Gelada families often have younger males that linger near the harem and eventually leave with some younger females to start new families.

Trivia

  • Gelada is the only primate that is essencially grazer, its diet is 90% grass blades.

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