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Gelada mock attack in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains National Park by Adam Riley
“Geladas are the sole survivors of a once abundant branch of primates that historically foraged across the grasslands of Africa, the Mediterranean and India. These relics of times gone by now cling to a precarious existence on the sheer cliffs of Ethiopia’s mountains, from which each morning they materialize, to forage on nearby moorlands, before disappearing down the precipices in the evening.
For those who have heard of these singular creatures, the name Gelada Baboon would ring a bell. However recent research has shown that they are in fact not baboons, despite superficial appearances, and they are now just called “Gelada”. This was the local name meaning “ugly” used for these primates by the people of the Gonder area in northern Ethiopia when the German naturalist Rüppell “discovered” this species for science in the 1830’s. They have also been known as Lion Baboons and Bleeding-heart Baboons, due respectively to the males’ lion-like cape and tail, and the bare patch of red skin on both sex’s chests. Their scientific name is Theropithecus gelada, the former word meaning “beast-ape” in Greek.”
This excerpt is taken from our recently launched INDRI blog. For the full story of these unique creatures and their colourful and complex social life, please click on this link: http://www.indritours.com/the-geladas-of-ethiopia-by-adam-riley/
For anyone wishing to witness these animals up-close-and-personal, ample time will be spent in the spectacular Simien Mountains observing their fascinating social lives on our upcoming 2014 Ethiopia tour. Geladas aside, this remarkable adventure also seeks out the magnificent Walia Ibex, rare and endangered Ethiopian Wolf, Hamadryas Baboon, Mountain Nyala, Beisa Oryx, Lesser Kudu, the giraffe-necked Gerenuk – and much besides! A further highlight of this tour includes Gondar, renowned for its medieval castles.
If this sounds tempting and you wish to join us on our next Endemic Mammals and Ancient Cultures tour (2 –16 December at US$5,050.00 per person sharing), please contact email@example.com.
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