There is a lot of oohing and aahing at Lincoln Park Zoo’s primate house. A critically endangered White-Cheeked Gibbon gave birth to a healthy infant on Jan 6. Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy reported, “The parents are doing great and the infant is a good size with a tight grip and has been seen nursing.” The infant has yet to be sexed or named.
This is the third offspring for mother Burma and father Caruso. White-cheeked gibbons are believed to pair bond for life, and can have offspring every 2-3 years after a 7-8-month gestation period.
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Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Gibbon Species Survival Plan, a shared conservation effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The zoo also financially contributes to gibbon field conservation efforts to continue the longevity of the species.
The infant can be seen daily at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Helen Brach Primate House. The infant will be tucked into the mother’s arms and clinging to her for comfort and safety.