Arrival of a new pair of White-handed Gibbons

We’ve just welcomed a new pair of White-handed Gibbons (Hylobates lar) following a recommendation from the coordinator for the European Breeding Program for this species.

After a few days spent inside a building in order to be able to observe their behavior, check their health status but also introduce them to each other, they were both transferred to their final enclosure: the island located in front of the Chilean flamingo colony where you might be able to hear them sing once they have fully taken possession of their new territory…

The female “Kaya” is 8 years old and comes from the Bioparc of Doué-la-Fontaine while the male “Chili” is 7 years old and comes from the Eskilstuna Zoo in Sweden. White-handed Gibbons have a dichromatic fur: it can be brown to black or creamy-fawn, whereas it is a male or a female. Both have a black face encircled by a ring of white fur. Their hands and feet are also covered with white fur.

White-handed Gibbons are listed as “Endangered” on the IUCN Red List, threatened by hunting for pet trade and subsistence food use by local communities. The hunting pressure is now the main threat to the species, even before deforestation.
La Palmyre Zoo contributes to the conservation of gibbons in the wild by supporting the association Huro based in India who rescues Hoolock Gibbons from the illegal wildlife trade and release the most fit and healthy individuals in preserved areas.