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NC Zoo welcomes third baby baboon of the year

Rhea, a hamadryas baboon at the North Carolina Zoo, holds her newborn “Zanzibar.”

Rhea, a hamadryas baboon at the North Carolina Zoo, holds her newborn “Zanzibar.”

ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo is welcoming its third baby baboon this year.

Zoo officials said a hamadryas baboon named Rhea gave birth to Zanzibar on Thursday.

It is the third baby baboon to be born at the N.C. Zoo in a little more than a month.

All baby baboons are on exhibit. The zoo now has 22 hamadryas baboons, the largest troop in the country.