White-handed Gibbon

Posted on June 1, 2009 by admin

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.




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