• Status

    Near threatened

  • Size

    Up to 25 kg

  • Threat

    Habitat loss

  • Distribution

    Western Africa

  • Diet


Guinea Baboons are 'old world' monkeys from West Africa. They are extremely intelligent and curious primates. Guinea Baboons love to play and solve quite complex problems in the wild.

Baboons utilise complex vocal and visual displays to communicate their feelings and dominance. You might see them staring or raising their eyebrows at each other. Dominant males will yawn to show their teeth, displaying their dominance.

Guinea baboons inhabit a very small area in Western Africa. Their habitat includes dry forests, gallery forests and bush savanna. The Guinea baboon reserve at Yorkshire Wildlife Park is designed to mimic their natural habitat, a habitat which is getting smaller year on year. Due to their small range, Guinea baboons are now classified as “near threatened” by the IUCN.

Where in the park?

Take a stroll through the Woodland Trail and see what incredible animals snuffle and swing within this forest dwelling.


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Baboon (CR. Liam Tattersall)

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