The Wrocław Zoo has been enriched by two new animals: gibbons. Thanks to the pleasant weather you can see them on the island designed especially for them.
The female gibbon came to the Wrocław Zoo on Monday, while the male gibbon came one week earlier. In this species, females are the dominant individuals in a group, and so Carusa has already thoroughly familiarized herself with the outer run, while her partner, Xian, just looked shyly out into the gibbons’ pagoda. He prefers to spend time next to the big windows, through which he can look at the visitors and attentively observe his new guardians.
The males are black with white cheeks and females light with a black line on the top of their heads. However, the color of the fur changes when they are sexually mature, at the age of 6-7 years. All the young are born pale cream. At the age of two the color of their fur changes black and characteristic white spots appear on their cheeks. During puberty females experience another change of fur color. It goes back to cream, and their cheek spots disappear.
In the wild, this species occurs in Southeast Asia: Laos, Vietnam and southern China. It is critically endangered with extinction, and its biggest threats are the loss of habitat through deforestation, hunting and military action in the region.