VIDEO: Meet Qld Zoo's new 'arty-farty' baboons

THE Sunshine Coast has welcomed four new interesting residents.

It's our first family of baboons - dad Scooby and his wife Genie, both 13, and their children Layla, 5, and younger brother Tehuti, 3.

The family is destined to create a stir, having just moved in to their new enclosure at Queensland Zoo, next to the Big Pineapple.

They go on public display officially from today.

"They're very hyper and hilarious to watch - the little ones especially," said the zoo's primate handler, Emma Morgan.

The hamadryas baboons are the last of the former Alma Park Zoo animals to make the move to the Sunshine Coast location.

They have been shifted in to a new $100,000 enclosure and will feature in presentations about the breed and promote issues such as conservation.

"They're the finale of animals coming on display and I think they'll be really happy," Ms Morgan said.

Visitors to the expanded zoo attraction are in for a treat, with little sister Layla displaying some handy artistic skills.

"Layla does painting, so that's going to be a drawcard when we do our shows," Ms Morgan said. "She uses paints on canvas, mainly abstracts.

"She does it and she quite enjoys it - the others are keen to do it too, but she's the best at it.

"We do the painting at the end of the shows, to show how smart they are at using tools."

Layla and Tehuti are both products of zoo breeding programs.

Mum Genie is pregnant again with her latest child, which is due in two months, but that news is being treated without fuss due to high mortality rates in baboon births.


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