SNPRC is home to the world's largest baboon colony, currently comprising about 1,600 animals. Most of the baboons at the facility are olive baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis), but there are also some hamadryas baboons (Papio hamadryas hamadryas), red baboons (Papio hamadryas papio) and yellow baboons (Papio hamadryas cynocephalus).
SNPRC also has a pedigreed baboon colony of about 1,200 individuals, whose family ancestral lines are well-documented. These baboons live in groups with 10-30 females, their infants, and one male so that the sire is known. Infant baboons are black when they are born, turning the brownish color of the adults when they are about 6 months old. Male and female baboons are very protective of youngsters in their group, and females are especially eager to touch newborn infants. They may follow the mother and groom her to get a chance to touch the infant.
Baboon Image Gallery