May 26, 2011
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is excited to announce the birth of a siamang gibbon. Born early in the morning May 26, the baby is currently on exhibit with its mother and father.
At birth, the baby clings to its mother's abdomen. The mother provides baby warmth and support. Around age 2, the baby is independent but still very much a part of the family structure.
Siamangs are not monkeys, they are lesser apes. An easy way to explain the difference is that apes, both lesser and greater, have no tails. Our male was born in 1984 at San Francisco Zoo, and the female was born in 1993 at Fresno Zoo.
Siamangs are monogamous and live with offspring until they reach maturity. This pair has reproduced in the past, and this is their third baby together.
They are fed a variety of fruits and vegetables along with primate chow. Siamangs are not possessive about food and often share with mates and offspring. Over 80 percent of their locomotion is brachiation. They can knuckle walk or walk upright. 10 percent of their locomotion is bi-pedal, the most of any non-human primate. 80 percent of Siamangs have the 2nd and 3rd toes joined by a bridge of flesh, hence the scientific name Hylobates syndactylus meaning "gibbon with fused digits."
Siamangs are an SSP species, meaning they are managed by a Species Survival Plan.
More than 120 institutions in North America, including the Baton Rouge Zoo, participate in various SSPs. An SSP is a breeding program to help insure a species' survival. Organized by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), each plan manages the breeding of a species in order to maintain a healthy and self-sustaining population that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable. The Baton Rouge Zoo participates in the Siamang gibbon SSP as well as many others.
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is a place where people connect with animals, including elephants, giraffes, rhinos and alligators. The world-class Realm of the Tiger is now open featuring highly endangered tigers, Siamang gibbons and beautiful Asian birds. Visitors can enjoy the new Flamingo Cove and Giants of the Islands, featuring the Zoo's Chilean flamingos and Galapagos and Aldabra tortoises, as well as the Safari Playground, the Otter Pond, our exhibit featuring a replicated fishing cabin with underwater viewing of the otters, L'aquarium de Louisiane, Parrot Paradise and KidsZoo. Adults and children can ride the Cypress Bayou Railroad on a scenic ride through the unique Louisiana habitat that surrounds the core Zoo. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things.
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Children 2-12: $4.00
1 & under: FREE
Admissions open 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily
Zoo grounds close at 5 p.m.