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Baby Baboons Play, Are Adorable At Prospect Park Zoo


If you’ve got a little case of the Mondays, the Prospect Park Zoo wants to help you through that. They just released a video of their two young Hamadryas baboons, who were born last year, showing how they “sharpen their social skills through roughhousing and play” to get ready for using those skills to protect their territory and troop as adults.

The Wildlife Conservation Society says that these large, ground-dwelling primates are “highly social and spend much of their time grooming one another, a behavior that maintains and reinforces social bonds within the troop.”

If you’d like to see them in person, you can visit zoo’s Animal Lifestyles building. The Prospect Park Zoo is located at 450 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Park, and it is currently open on weekdays from 10am to 5pm, and until 5:30pm on weekends and holidays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for kids ages 3-12, and free for children under 3.

Featured image by Julie Larsen Maher/WCS

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