Oakland Zoo is hosting a naming contest to name the first-ever baby boy baboon born at the Zoo. This is also the first male baboon born at the Zoo, making this opportunity to participate extra special for you!
Please vote for your favorite baboon name! 100% of donations raised from the naming contest will go towards enrichment items for animals at Oakland Zoo.
The three name options are:
1. Muriu (pronounced Mahroo, meaning Son)
2. Maliki (meaning King)
3. Mazi (meaning Sir)
All three name options are Swahili. All donations ($2.00 per vote) raised from participating in the naming contest will go towards enrichment items for animals at Oakland Zoo.
Place Your Vote to name the first-ever male hamadryas baboon to be born at Oakland Zoo!
The new baby was born on April 1, 2015 to first-time mother, Maud. He has FOUR older half-siblings, all girls, named Mocha, Kodee, Mimi and Kabili (only two weeks older than her brother) which means “honest, brave” in Swahili. All the babies share the same father, Martin, but have different mothers.
The youngsters can be seen on exhibit daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The mothers and babies do have access to their night house, should they want to be inside with their infants at any time. Zookeepers are excited and encouraged by behaviors that indicate the Zoo’s two harems of baboons are reacting well to the new arrivals. This soon-to-be-named 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.”
The babies’ parents are troop leaders, Martijn (fourteen years of age) and Maud (9 years of age). The group was relocated to Oakland in 2013 from the Emmen Zoo in the Netherlands. The international move was facilitated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which Oakland Zoo is accredited by and follows breeding recommendations.
Oakland Zoo has two troops of baboons that can be seen daily by the public from 10:00am - 4:00pm at the Baboon Cliffs exhibit, located down the hill from the African Veldt. The Baboon Cliffs Exhibit opened in the fall of 2009 and is approximately 8,100 square feet in size. It includes a cascading waterfall, climbing structures, a spacious area for the baboons to roam, a night house facility, and offices for Zoo staff. Guests are able to observe all thirteen of the baboons from a large viewing deck.