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Gelada baboons given new hillside home at Dudley Zoo

Gelada baboons
The gelada is native to the Ethiopian highlands where it lives in large groups

A £20,000 hillside habitat for a rare species of primate has opened at a West Midlands zoo.

The one-acre site at Dudley Zoological Gardens will be home to a family group of gelada baboons.

The geladas, which are native to the Ethiopian highlands, are also known as bleeding heart baboons, due to a bare patch of red skin on their chests.

A seven-week-old male gelada called Billie was the first to be born at the zoo since it opened 77 years ago.

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