Meet the latest addition to gibbon family
AN ENDANGERED gibbon at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm in Wraxall has become a mum again – for the third time in as many years.
Salome the Siamang has given birth to baby Sam, who will soon become a new playmate for his two brothers – two-year-old Sultana and one-year-old Sidney.
The cheeky brothers are already intrigued by the new bundle of black fur nestled in their mum's arms.
Siamangs are endangered in the wild and are at serious risk from human interference in their native habitats, particularly from the illegal pet trade and habitat destruction by the palm oil industry in Asia.
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Siamang Gibbons are facing worrying population declines and zoos play an important role in maintaining healthy populations in safe captive environments, educating visitors in the complicated issues affecting the interaction between apes and humans in the wild.
Both dad Samson and mum Salome are part of a European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) for managed breeding, with Samson coming to Noah's Ark from Banham Zoo and Salome from Twycross Zoo.
Keepers at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm are enchanted by the latest arrival.
Primate keeper Clare Pearce said: "I'm so pleased for Salome and Samson that they have another little infant to look after and they're growing family is doing so well.
"We're really glad to be providing a good enriched home for these important apes, which seem to be thriving here at Noah's Ark."