Baby gibbon born at Toledo Zoo

Posted Jan 14th, 2013 by Andi Norman  Category: Arts & Entertainment


A baby gibbon was born on November 27 at the Toledo Zoo. Animal care staff have not determined its gender and are allowing the mother and baby to bond without human intervention.

This is the third offspring for mother Hue (pronounced “way”) and father Batu. Hue is providing acceptable maternal care, which is good news because gibbons are thought to have a higher incidence of maternal neglect than other primate species. Hue is owned by the Oregon Zoo, while Batu is owned by the National Zoo; both animals arrived here on loan in 1998. The group, including Batu and Hue’s other two offspring, are on exhibit together in the Zoo’s Primate Forest.

Hue and her baby are easy to spot because both are cream-colored, while the other gibbons (all males) are black. Baby gibbons are born a cream color, darkening as they mature. Males stay black their whole lives, but females, when they reach maturity, change back to a cream color.

This baby gibbon’s arrival is more than great news for the Zoo; it’s important for the preservation of this species, which is critically endangered and faces extinction. In southeast Asia — where gibbons spend all their lives in the trees of tropical rainforests — deforestation, hunting and poaching threaten their survival. The species’ population numbers continue to decline.

As part of the ongoing efforts to preserve the species, the Toledo Zoo participates in a Species Survival Plan (SSP) in conjunction with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Through this cooperative breeding and conservation program, the Zoo works with other zoos around the country to help ensure a future for many species, including the gibbon.

The Toledo Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) and is located on the Anthony Wayne Trail (US 25), four miles south of downtown Toledo. For more information, please visit toledozoo.org or call 419.385.4040. Lucas County residents are admitted free of charge each Monday from 10 a.m. to noon. ID showing proof of residency is required.

The Toledo Zoo is committed to inspiring others to join in caring for animals and conserving the natural world. As part of that mission, The Toledo Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a leader in global wildlife conservation. AZA member institutions are dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors and a better future for all living things.

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