By Renee Bogatko, Image Credits – National Zoo & Aquarium
There’s a special new addition at the National Zoo & Aquarium – and this one is particularly cute!
The Zoo has welcomed their first ever baby Siamang Gibbon.
The one month old infant, born in February, is still finding its feet and learning the ropes from mum Tunku and dad Cian.
This is a particularly special addition to the zoo family, as Siamang Gibbons are so rare, only a handful of collections in Australasia successfully breed them.
The family are part of a critical breeding program to save the species from extinction.
Primate keeper Georgia Clark said staff are stoked they were able to breed such a rare animal.
“Everyone is very excited, it’s great watching them and we can’t wait for the baby to start swinging from the ropes like mum and dad,” she said.
“Tunku was protective over the baby at first but now Dad, Cian, is allowed to get closer and he helps to groom the baby. With this species, the older the infant gets, it will spend a lot more time with Dad.”
Mum Tunku is spending a lot of time bonding with her bub, whose gender is yet to be determined.
It’s hoped the new addition will also be involved in further breeding programs down the track.