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- n. a species of Old World monkey, scientific name Theropithecus gelada, distinguished from baboons by the bright patch of skin on their chests.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A baboon (Gelada Ruppelli) of Abyssinia, remarkable for the length of the hair on the neck and shoulders of the adult male.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An Abyssinian baboon, Cynocephalus or Cercopithecus or Theropithecus gelada, or Gelada rueppelli.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] A generic name of this animal: synonymous with Theropithecus.
The park is the refuge for threatened animals such as gelada baboon, Simen fox and Walia ibex, a goat species endemic to Simen Mountains.
The teeth and the jaws of the Australopithecus resemble the teeth of a present species of baboon Theropithecus gelada in Ethiopia.18 This is probably because they are both adapted to eat the same type of food.
Large troops of gelada baboons roam through the park and graceful Walia Ibex lord over the loftier spots.
More than 30 of the nearly 200 mammals found in the Ethiopian Highlands are found nowhere else, including a remarkable six endemic genera, four of which are monotypic: three rodents (Megadendromus, Muriculus, and Nilopegamys) and one primate, the gelada (Theropithecus gelada).
Studies have been made of Walia ibex, habitat conservation, and the ecology of gelada baboon.
The park is the refuge of extremely rare species such as the Walia ibex, Simien wolf and the gelada baboon.
Near-endemic mammals include the critically endangered Walia ibex (Capra walie) (CR), the majority of which are found in the Simien Mountains National Park; the mountain nyala (Tragelaphus buxtoni), the gelada baboon (Theropithecus gelada), and a number of other rodents and shrews.
These high altitude ecoregions are especially known for their diversity of small mammals with over 10 near-endemic species, but also harbor notable near-endemic large mammals, such as the Walia ibex (Capra walie), the mountain nyala (Tragelaphus buxtoni), and the gelada baboon (Theropithecus gelada).
These species may have been eradicated by early hominids and the gelada is now confined to the Ethiopian highlands, dependent on an energy-poor diet of grass.
For example, the near-endemic gelada baboon has a thick fur coat and often huddles to conserve heat.
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