Two baby baboons (male and female) were born at the Oakland Zoo recently. The female baby hamadryas baboon, born on March 14, was named Kabili, which is Swahili for honest and brave. The male hamadryas baboon was born on April 1 and the zoo is asking for your help in naming him!
To vote for your favorite name, visit the Oakland Zoo naming contest page, and select from three options:
- Muriu (pronounced Mahroo), which means Son
- Maliki, which means King
- Mazi, which means Sir
The two newest members of the baboon harem at the zoo are doing well. “All of the youngsters are part of the same harem,” said Senior Keeper Adrienne Mrsny of Oakland Zoo. “The siblings are very curious about the new babies and with the mothers’ permissions will look at the babies, often trying to groom or play with them. Kabili is living up to her name (Swahili for brave) by following her much older sisters in climbing and walking around to explore the exhibit. The baby male spends much of his time gazing at the world around him as he holds onto his mom; he took his first steps during his second day on exhibit.”
In the wild, hamadryas baboons inhabit Ethiopia, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. Ancient Egyptians worshipped hamadryas baboons as the incarnation of their god Thoth.
To learn more about the baby baboons, visit the Oakland Zoo website.