Geladas occur only in grasslands of the Ethiopian Highlands. Numbers are currently decreasing. The major threats are habitat loss due to agricultural expansion, deforestation, soil erosion, competition from domestic livestock, as well as poaching and climate change effects.
■ Within EAZA, a Gelada EEP (European Endangered Species Programme) was established in 1990. It is coordinated by Rheine Zoo.
■ Listed in Appendix II of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES, or Washington Convention).
■ Phylum Chordata – chordates
■ Class Mammalia – mammals
■ Order Primates – primates
■ Family Cercopithecidae – Old World monkeys
■ Species Theropithecus gelada – Gelada