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Indianapolis Zoo welcomes its first ever baby gibbon

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 5, 2015)– There’s a new family member at the Indianapolis Zoo!

A white-handed gibbon was born on October 23. This is the first gibbon born at the zoo.  They don’t know the gender yet, but both baby and mom are doing well.

Visitors will be able to see them in the spring.

Here’s a few fun facts about gibbons from the zoo:

  • Gibbons are native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia where they can use their long arms to swing effortlessly between tree branches. While a baby gibbon will use its great grip and arm span to hang on tight to mom as she travels, Koko also provides her infant a seat by holding her legs up.
  • Known for their elaborate daily vocalizations, gibbons sing to attract mates and announce their territory. When a baby joins the family, the youngster will eventually start singing along with its parents’ duets.
  • Just like humans, gibbons’ hair ranges in color from light blonde and tan to darker brown and black. Our baby has dark hair like mom Koko.