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Gelada baboons given new hillside home at Dudley Zoo

Gelada baboons Image copyright Dudley Zoological Gardens
Image caption 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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