Year of 2017

Geladas in Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

Both male and female geladas have a red, hourglass-shaped patch of skin on their chests. But the male’s patch is usually a brighter red. This marking is the inspiration behind the gelada‚Äôs other common name: the bleeding heart monkey. Though similar to baboons, geladas are usually classified in their own genus. They spend most of their day grazing on grasses in the high mountain plateaus of northern Ethiopia, their sole natural habitat.

The gelada, sometimes called the bleeding-heart monkey or the gelada baboon, is a species of Old World monkey found only in the Ethiopian Highlands, with large populations in the Semien Mountains. Geladas are actually not baboons but members of their own genus Theropithecus. Theropithecus is derived from the Greek root words for “beast-ape.” Like its close relatives the baboons, it is largely terrestrial, spending much of its time foraging in grasslands.
Scientific name: Theropithecus gelada
Biological classification: Species
Belongs to: Theropithecus