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Colorful Drill Baboons on Exhibit at Audubon Zoo
Drill Baboons Newest Residents at Audubon Zoo, New Orleans
They are among the most endangered mammals in the world – and now Audubon Zoo visitors can experience them in person.
Audubon Zoo announces the arrival of Max (15 years old) and Leona (29 years old), a pair of Drill baboons on exhibit in the World of Primates. The pair came to Audubon from Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
With extremely distinctive coloring, Max in particular is a show-stopper, looking like he sat right down in a tray of watercolor paints.
Male Drills are much larger than the females, and this characteristic is borne out in the Audubon Zoo pair. Drills are native to a small area in West Africa, with a world range that is smaller than the country of Switzerland. Some estimates put the number of Drills in the wild today at only 3,000, while other estimates go as high as 8,000. Drills are omnivores, eating fruit, plants and small animals.
Audubon Zoo is open Tuesday – Sunday at 6500 Magazine Street in New Orleans. Find out more by calling (800) 774-7394 or by visiting www.auduboninstitute.org.