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Baby white-cheeked gibbon born

8 Feb, 2010

A baby white-cheeked gibbon is born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The baby’s mother, Melaka, has two other children, named Suki and Tuyen. The gibbon family lives in a habitat near the Kali River Rapids attraction. The birth coincides with a gibbon Species Survival Program run by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

White-cheeked gibbons, an endangered species, spend their lives in the tops of trees. They produce offspring about once every 2-3 years after 7 to 8 months of gestation. Infants have the ability to cling to their mothers immediately after birth, which allows females complete range of motion while moving about the forest with their offspring.