Monday 21 October 2019

Small wonder: Wildlife park gibbons have new baby in the family

Clingy: Fota Wildlife Park announced the arrival of a new baby Agile gibbon (Hylobates agilis), who was born on August 27. Photo: Darragh Kane
Clingy: Fota Wildlife Park announced the arrival of a new baby Agile gibbon (Hylobates agilis), who was born on August 27. Photo: Darragh Kane
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

Chloe and Conor, the gibbons at Fota Wildlife Park, are celebrating the birth of their baby.

The little agile gibbon (Hylobates agilis) - an endangered species - was born on August 27 to 18-year-old mother Chloe and father Conor (28).

But rangers do not know the gender of the newborn as mother Chloe has been keeping the baby very close.

Lead ranger Teresa Power said they were delighted with the birth of the baby gibbon, a species known for being fast and acrobatic.

"This species is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which makes their breeding success in Fota all the more important," she said. "Chloe arrived here in 2008 and has since bred successfully with Conor to have their daughter Billie - older sister to the new baby - who has left for Parc Safari in Montreal."

Fota Wildlife Park is now calling on the public to suggest a name via its website and be in with a chance to win a conservation membership.

Irish Independent

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