Guess Who's Gibbon Birth at Blackpool Zoo?

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Blackpool Zoo’s small primate house has a very special new addition, in the form of a tiny baby Pileated Gibbon.

Blackpool Zoo's Pileated Gibbon mother and baby

Ivy and baby

Charlotte Pennie, Senior Primate Keeper at Blackpool Zoo, said: “Pileated Gibbons are very difficult to breed and we were absolutely delighted when Ivy gave birth naturally to a very healthy baby, which weighs approximately two to three pound.

Blackpool Zoo’s small primate house has a very special new addition, in the form of a tiny baby Pileated Gibbon.

As an endangered species that is very difficult to breed the announcement of a successful birth, the first of its kind in the UK this year, is hugely important and wonderful news for the zoo.

Mother, Ivy who is 23, and father, Chamoa, are thought to be one of only two breeding pairs in the country and there are only three zoos in the UK that house Pileated Gibbons.

Charlotte Pennie, Senior Primate Keeper at Blackpool Zoo, said: “We had our suspicions that mother Ivy was pregnant but as we don’t remove animals from their homes unless there is an emergency, we did not know for sure.

“Pileated Gibbons are very difficult to breed and we were absolutely delighted when she gave birth naturally to a very healthy baby, which weighs approximately two to three pound.

“Ivy is doing a fantastic job of caring for the youngster, which will remain on her chest for around six months before it starts to explore its surroundings.

“We have been unable to tell what sex the baby is as yet so it really is a case of the keepers keeping a close eye on them both during these next few months.”

Pileated Gibbons hail from eastern Thailand, western Cambodia and southwest Laos. They form monogamous breeding pairs and have a diet of fruits, leaves and small animals.

Blackpool Zoo is open at 10.00am every day of the year except Christmas Day. Closing time is 5.45pm and last admission is 5.00pm. Visitors can save on admission prices by booking online at http://www.blackpoolzoo.org.uk.

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Picture shows: Mother Ivy with her tiny baby

More information about Blackpool Zoo:

Blackpool Zoo celebrated its busiest year to date in 2012, which was also its 40th anniversary.

Blackpool Zoo is owned by Parques Reunidos, the second largest European leisure parks operator and a leading world-wide player. The zoo is home to over 1,500 mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates set amidst thirty-two acres of mature woodland and lakes.

The zoo’s signature animals include elephants, giraffes, big cats, gorillas, orang-utans, sea lions, primates, zebras and kangaroos. It is open every day of the year, apart from Christmas Day, from 10am.

For further information please contact:

Paula Holden or Julie Hackett at ICG on 01772 679383 or email paula(at)icgonline(dot)co(dot)uk or julie(at)icgonline(dot)co(dot)uk. Out of hours contact is Paula Holden on 07772268378

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