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Melbourne Zoo Welcomes New Arrivals From NZ

Melbourne Zoo will house six female baboons from New Zealand as the zoo becomes a more active player in a regional breeding program.

The baboons arrived from Wellington Zoo recently and are hoped to start breeding with some of the zoo's baboons.

Two six-year-old brothers, Azizi and Jabarthi, that came to the zoo from the US in 2012, will be potentially linked to four of the new female baboons from New Zealand.

All the new arrivals will be housed in the custom designed baboon lookout that was built five years ago today.

As the zoo celebrates the five-year milestone, 21 baboons will be treated to a tasty buffet breakfast on Tuesday.

As foragers, baboons eat vegetables, fruits, insects, nuts, seeds and leafy branches.

AAP

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