April 18, 2018 – The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is proud to announce the newest addition to the zoo, a baby white-handed gibbon. Both mother and child are in good health. Students in the Zoo Animal Technology program made the discovery recently while doing regular wellness checks on the animals. SF Teaching Zoo administrators said the soon-to-be-graduating class was excited to still be at the zoo to see the baby gibbon. With the birth, the gibbon family grows to five members: parents Eddie and Cajun, and two older brothers, Rainer and Gibson. “At this time we don’t know the gender of the baby, and that’s a good thing!” said Jonathan Miot, SF Teaching Zoo director. “The safest and healthiest place for that new baby is in its mother’s arms, and while it’s tucked in there, we can’t see well enough to identify the gender of the baby. So for the next few months we will let Cajun take care of her baby and we will all wait in suspense.”
The family hasn’t been shy about showing off the youngster and visitors to the zoo should be able to see them all doting over the newest member of the SF Teaching Zoo family. The zoo is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. More information is available on the SF Teaching Zoo webpage or by calling 352-395-5633.