San Antonio Zoo welcomes new white-cheeked gibbon

White-cheeked gibbon resides in the Asian Forest area

San Antonio Zoo welcomes a new White-Cheeked Gibbon (San Antonio Zoo)

SAN ANTONIO – Meet one of San Antonio Zoo’s newest members of the year -- the white-cheeked gibbon.

The new arrival can be found in the Asian Forest area at the zoo, which is located at 3903 N St Mary’s St.

White-cheeked gibbons are critically endangered due to habitat loss, zoo officials said.

“This little addition plays a big role in conserving this incredible species. I encourage everyone to stop by and visit the new parents and baby,” said President & CEO of San Antonio Zoo, Tim Morrow.

San Antonio Zoo welcomes a new white-cheeked gibbon (San Antonio Zoo)

According to zoo officials, gibbons spend most of their life in the trees and can travel up to 35 miles an hour, swinging up to 50 feet in a leap.

The new arrival will be raised by its mom and dad. Like humans, gibbons form long-term monogamous relationships and often stay together for life, according to a new release.

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