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North Carolina Zoo celebrates another new baboon

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Rhea holding her newborn baby, Zanzibar. (Source: North Carolina Zoo) Rhea holding her newborn baby, Zanzibar. (Source: North Carolina Zoo)
ASHEBORO, NC (AP) -

The North Carolina Zoo is welcoming its third baby baboon in the past two months.

Zoo officials say that Zanzibar was born Thursday morning.

Jodi Wiley with the zoo in Asheboro says having several births together allows babies to grow up together and their mothers to form a "mom's club."

The zoo now has 22 hamadryas baboons. That's the largest number at any Association of Zoos and Aquariums member in North America. That type of baboon is native to northeastern Africa and the southwestern tip of the Arabian Peninsula

All of the North Carolina Zoo's baboons are on exhibit at the African Pavilion.

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