Exhibits Red River Hogs White Tiger Elephants of Asia Proboscis Monkey Free-Ranging Orang Utan Pygmy Hippo Otter Tapir Sun Bear Chimpanzee Sungei Buaya Naked Mole Rat
Zones Frozen Tundra Wild Africa Fragile Forest Australasia Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia Treetops Trail Gibbon Island Primate Kingdom Reptile Garden Tortoise Shell-ter Tropical Crops & Orchid Garden

Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia

This award-winning zone depicts a day of life in the East African geological marvel that is the Great Rift Valley – a land that literally began ripping apart 40 million years ago as a result of the Earth’s tectonic forces.

Begin your visit with a walk through the tribal entrance and be awed by the dramatic rocky landscape that is reminiscent of the majestic mountains, rugged terrain and waterfalls of the Great Rift Valley in Ethiopia.

Replicas of the Konso and Amharic Villages make this stop one of the Zoo’s most impressively designed experiential attractions. Be greeted with carved effigies of departed heroes that stand guard at the entrances of the Konso village. Get acquainted with how Ethiopian tribes live daily through recreations of dwelling huts composed of mud walls that house tribal utensils, tools and storage containers, and learn about how Ethiopians discovered coffee.

Don’t forget to visit Lucy too – one of the oldest hominids ever discovered. She’s 3.2 million years old and doesn’t look a day older. You can see the replica of her full skeleton here. Check out the Lucy discovery centre and learn how we're all related to the old gal.

With so much to see, it's a good idea to etch out more time in your schedule to take in this 360-degree view of the Rift Valley and its main attraction - the Hamadryas baboons.

 

Hamadryas Baboon

The Hamadryas baboon exhibit features a colony of more than 90 baboons who are some of the most...

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Hamadryas Baboon

The Hamadryas baboon exhibit features a colony of more than 90 baboons who are some of the most fascinating animals at the Zoo. Watch as the clans engage in their social activities. From territorial males protecting their harems, to a female with very pronounced genital swelling announcing her fertile state to a fellow male, to couples eating ticks off each other’s fur, and even adults getting rough with the young, it's a primate soap opera playing out right in front of your eyes.

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Nubian Ibex

If you hear loud bangs, look up – you might just see a couple of nubian ibexes ramming their impressive horns...

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Nubian Ibex

If you hear loud bangs, look up – you might just see a couple of nubian ibexes ramming their impressive horns against each other! Nubian Ibexes do so to compete and dominate the herd and females. These sure-footed mountain goats with a nifty sense of balance share the upper reaches of the Hamadryas baboon dwelling on the sheer rock cliffs above.

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Banded Mongoose

These striped critters live in troops of up to 10 members or more. To find their exhibit which is in the perimeter...

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Banded Mongoose

These striped critters live in troops of up to 10 members or more. To find their exhibit which is in the perimeter of the baboon enclosure, let your nose lead the way. The banded mongoose produce a pungent scent to mark their territory. So if anyone asks “What’s the smell?”, you’ll know the answer.

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For more action, be sure not to miss out on the token feeding session held daily at 2.30pm and 5.00pm where the Hamadryas baboons do hand stands and somersaults to get your attention for food during the token feeding session.

And if you can’t get enough of them, join us for a swinging good time on our Wild Discoverer Tour where you can get better views of your favourite critters as our knowledgeable guide shares insights on what goes on behind the scenes.