PARK SLOPE — A baby born to a May-December couple debuted at the Prospect Park Zoo on Monday.
Zoo officials announced the arrival of an infant Hamadryas baboon born in October to a 12-year-old mom and a 23-year-old dad. The baby baboon's mom is named Kaia and the primate's dad is named Bole. The birth is Kaia's second at the zoo, officials said.
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Hamadryas baboons are native to northeastern Africa and the Arabian peninsula. In the wild they live in groups called "troops" and spend much of their time grooming each other, which reinforces social bonds, zoo officials said.
Prospect Park Zoo breeds the primates as part of a "Species Survival Plan" that's “designed to enhance the genetic viability and demographic stability of animal populations,” zoo officials said. As part of the program, two baby baboons born at the zoo in the past year were sent to live at other zoos, where they will start their own troops, according to zoo officials.