San Antonio Zoo announces the birth of a white-cheeked gibbon, a critically endangered species

The newborn gibbon plays an important role in the conservation of this endangered species.

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click to enlarge The white-cheeked gibbon is a critically endangered species. - Courtesy Photo / San Antonio Zoo
Courtesy Photo / San Antonio Zoo
The white-cheeked gibbon is a critically endangered species.
The San Antonio Zoo is celebrating the new year with a brand new addition. On Friday, the zoo announced the birth of a white-cheeked gibbon.

Gibbons are a critically endangered species of primate native to Asia. They are similar to humans in that both the mother and the father typically raise their baby together. They also have loud, musical voices, and the families are known to sing together.

Unfortunately, this not-so-distant cousin of humanity is threatened by habitat loss, making this new birth important for conservation efforts.

"This little addition plays a big role in conserving this incredible species," Zoo President and CEO Tim Morrow said in a statement. "I encourage everyone to stop by and visit the new parents and baby and give them a WOOP — you might get one back!"

click to enlarge White-cheeked gibbons share a few similarities with humans. - Courtesy Photo / San Antonio Zoo
Courtesy Photo / San Antonio Zoo
White-cheeked gibbons share a few similarities with humans.
The white-cheeked gibbons can be found in the zoo's Asian Rainforest area, near the front entrance.

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