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Gelada

Found only in the mountains of Ethiopia, geladas are considered the most terrestrial primate species, and they are the only primate with a diet made up mostly of grasses. Identifiable by their hourglass-shaped patch of bare skin on their chest and neck, these monkeys typically live in units containing a breeding male, three to five females and their offspring—and the females run the show, despite their smaller size.

Jacana

Have you ever seen a bird walk on water? Colorful jacanas sometimes look like they are doing just that. Their long legs and super-long toes spread the bird’s weight over a large area, allowing them to walk across floating vegetation, especially lily pads. They are also good swimmers and divers. African jacanas can be seen in the Acacia Woodland habitat at Africa Rocks.

Nubian Ibex

With large curved horns measuring up to four feet long, and segmented, concave hooves to climb even the steepest rocky cliffs, the Nubian ibex is both amazingly sure-footed and eye-catching. This wild goat species, native to northeastern Africa and the Middle East, can be seen in Africa Rocks’ Ethiopian Highlands multispecies habitat, which the Nubian ibex share with geladas.

Hamadryas Baboon

When Africa Rocks’ large, boisterous group of more than 20 hamadryas baboons charges into their expansive naturalistic habitat, all heads turn. In hamadryas baboon society, a larger, dominant male leads a family unit of many females and their young. They can scale sheer cliff faces to reach their favorite craggy ledges—and there is constant activity as they vocalize, groom each other, bound into trees, and chase each other around.

Serval

Weighing less than 40 pounds, with large ears and an elongated body, the serval’s unusual characteristics help make it an excellent hunter. Those big ears help give servals remarkable hearing. And those long limbs give servals the ability to leap nine feet—straight up—to catch birds in midair, or reach deep into a rodent burrow to pull out prey. Servals live in the savannas of central and southern Africa and can be seen at Africa Rocks.

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