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Newborn siamang transfixes zoo visitors

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By ITN News Editor November 17, 2018 13:05

Newborn siamang transfixes zoo visitors

A newborn siamang is bringing smiles to visitors and keepers at the San Diego Zoo.A 37-year-old siamang named Eloise, who was on birth control, gave birth in the primate exhibit Monday (November 12), providing the Zoo with its first siamang infant in more than 12 years. Eloise, or Ellie, and 35-year-old male Unkie had already been successful parents, producing six offspring over the years.

Because their genes are already well represented in the zoo siamang population, the pair’s breeding had been restricted for a number of years by chemical contraception. For that reason, the arrival of their newest youngster was a welcome surprise for animal care staff.

Siamang are a species of gibbon found in the tropical forests of Malaysia and Indonesia. As with all gibbon species, they are listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 17, 2018 13:05

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