This animal behavior is called social grooming. When you see this friendly gesture, Guinea baboons are strengthening their relationship bonds within their troop. In the wild, male guinea baboons will leave their troops, which number up to 40 baboons, to search for other troops. Female Guineas have a strict hierarchy that stabilizes the troop. Here at the Indianapolis Zoo, Cheerios are a favorite snack for our Guinea baboons!
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Riders will enjoy a 10-minute narrated journey and learn about our Plains animals, greenhouse, gardens, the Zoo’s 15,000-square-foot veterinary hospital, maintenance and commissary departments and other behind-the-scenes operations necessary to run the Zoo. Available mid-March through December, riders will also learn about the Zoo’s animal conservation mission.
The Indianapolis Zoo has had Guinea baboons — an Old World monkey species — in its animal collection for many years, dating back to the “old” Zoo on the city’s east side that opened in 1964 and then moved to White River State Park in 1988. These primates are animated, social, sometimes quarrelsome, occasionally loud, and always fascinating to watch. Join the Zookeepers for a chat just outside the baboon exhibit in the Plains area to learn more about the complex social lives of these dynamic animals.