The Incredible Wildlife Of Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains


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Gelada Monkeys

Many people mistake them for baboons but these monkeys are strictly endemic to the Ethiopian Highlands and predominately found traipsing across the flattops of the Simien Mountains. Their alternative name is the “bleeding-heart monkey” for obvious reasons, and they’re the only known monkeys in the world to solely depend on grass for food consumption (which is odd for primates). Approximately 2,500 geladas live in the park, meaning you’re guaranteed to come across one on your hike. In fact, the geladas stick together and its common to spot them in herds of about 500-1,000.

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