New Gorilla

We are pleased to introduce our newest resident at the Great Ape House at Hogle Zoo. He is an 18 year old male gorilla named Husani. Husani was born at the Bronx Zoo in 1991 and has lived at two other zoos before making Hogle Zoo his home in May 2010.
At the age of 18 y.o., he is considered a young silverback and has a silver coat on his back and his legs. As male gorillas mature, the top of the head known as a sagital crest, will continue to grow. Husani is svelte (~375 lbs.) and tall (~5.5 ‘ ) and may fill out more as he develops and matures. He is taller and thinner than our other silverback, Tino, who is more short and stout. Husani has a very calm demeanor and interacts well to the keeper staff. He has shown a real interest in the guests who visit him, especially the children.
At Hogle Zoo, we will be embarking on a new challenge of managing a bachelor troop of gorillas. With more than 50% of births being males and the strategy of managing gorillas in mixed sexed groups, with one male and multiple females, there is a strong need for AZA institutions to work with the Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP) to manage males in bachelor troops. Male gorillas will also live solitary or in bachelor groups in the wild. Most successful bachelor groups are developed by introducing male gorillas when they are black backs or younger. Introducing mature males is more challenging and has had mixed success. We plan to do a long, structured introduction process to increase the probability of managing Tino with Husani together. 
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New Langur

We are pleased to introduce our newest resident at the Primate Forest at Hogle Zoo. He is a 12 year old male Francios Langur named Isaac. Isaac was born in San Diego Zoo. We have recently introduced him to our two female Hanuman langurs to create a new mixed species primate exhibit. Francois langurs have a unique look with white hair accentuating their cheeks and a peaked hairdo, they are sometimes referred to as Dr. Seuss monkeys. The species is rare in the wild and originates from China and Vietnam. The population is managed by the Langur Species Survival Plan (SSP) and they are only found in 15 zoos in North America.
 
 

White-handed Gibbon

Hogle Zoo recently acquired a new male white handed gibbon, Hylobates lar. The new male "Joaquin" was
born at Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens in August 2000. He was introduced to
our resident female "Candy" over a few week period. The introduction went
smoothly and they got along well right from the start. They have been grooming
each other and are starting to sing a duet together every morning, which is
characteristic of gibbons. This transfer was recommended by the Gibbon Species
Survival Plan (SSP) and we are hoping that someday they will produce an
offspring. Come see Joaquin and Candy in the west outdoor exhibit at the Primate
Building and you may be lucky to hear them singing together.
 
Learn more about the white-handed gibbon.

Fossa

A male fossa has been added to the Zoo’s collection and are featured in the Tropical Garden Building.  He came to us from the San Diego Zoo is three years old.  Fossa are the largest predators found on the island of Madagascar, reaching lengths of up to 6 feet.  Though cat-like in appearance, they are actually related to the mongoose. 
 
Read more about fossa.

Spotted Salamander

Spotted salamanders are part
of the mole salamander family due to the adult’s tendency to live underground.
They frequently burrow in loose soil, under a log or leaves or take up
residence in abandoned rodent burrows.

Since they are amphibians,the salamanders require a moist habitat and spend most of their lives within
300 feet of their home pond. As larvae, they have external gills and flattened
tails for swimming. After about four months they transform into their adult
form and lose the feather gills and develop their spotted appearance. The
bright spots are a warning to predators that they are toxic if eaten.

Spotted salamanders are being negatively affected by deforestation and the destruction of wetlands.
They are also susceptible to pH changes in their habitat due to acid rain. The
increased acidity of the pond water decreases the ability of the eggs and
larvae to survive, and often increases the number of predatory insects that
feed on the salamanders.
 
These salamanders are on exhibit in the Ghost of the Bayou exhibit. 
 
 

Mangrove Salt Marsh Snake

This snake is frequently
seen basking above the water on the limbs of mangrove trees. It also uses the
burrows of fiddler crabs as a resting space. Although it lives in a saltwater
habitat, it does not have salt glands to help it get rid of excess salt.
Instead, it obtains freshwater from rain, coastal streams, or from its prey.
Like all snakes, it is an excellent predator and helps keep prey populations in
check.
 
These snakes are on exhibit in our Ghost of the Bayou exhibit.