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It's a Girl!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012 12:00pm

Adelaide Zoo is pleased to announce the critically endangered White Cheeked Gibbon baby, born September 14, 2011, has been confirmed as female.

After waiting patiently to discover the gender of this special baby, Adelaide Zoo staff are now calling on the public to help name her. All are invited to make suggestions by posting on the wall of Adelaide Zoo’s Facebook page.

The White Cheeked Gibbon’s natural habitat is in Laos, Vietnam and Southern China so suggestions need to be of South East Asian origin and have a special meaning. We encourage everyone to get involved in naming this critically endangered animal!

White Cheeked Gibbons are born golden in colour before gradually turning black. Females turn gold again when they reach maturity at around five years of age while males remain black.

The White Cheeked Gibbon is in decline in the wild due to deforestation and poaching for the wildlife trade, and this baby is vital to the genetic diversity of the captive population in the Australasian region.


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