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French researchers have trained Guinea baboons to distinguish four-letter English words from non-words. The scientists say their linguistic experiments demonstrate that the animals possess a key component of literacy - the recognition of the visual word form.

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AP (Apr. 12, 2012) — A study conducted in France found baboons are capable of recognizing patterns of letters. This recognition is being compared to the first steps children take when learning to read.
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Two Baby Baboons on Display at Brooklyn Zoo

Two Baby Baboons on Display at Brooklyn Zoo

Reuters (Nov. 25, 2013) — Two baby Hamadryas baboons spent time outdoors with their parents at their exhibit at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Prospect Park Zoo. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Monkey Business in Montevideo Zoo

Monkey Business in Montevideo Zoo

AFP (Aug. 21, 2012) — A population explosion of baboons at a Uruguayan zoo has their keepers worried that the 130 increasingly aggressive animals will forcibly resist being moved to a larger enclosure.
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Ethiopian Wild Coffee Saviour of the Rainforest

Ethiopian Wild Coffee Saviour of the Rainforest

AFP (Apr. 9, 2015) — Ethiopian wild coffee beans are doing more than just feeding the local baboons, they are providing a livelihood for local farmers, finding a market in Italy and protecting the forests at the same time.Duration:02:31 Video provided by AFP
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