The Zoo has one gibbon, Dorothy. She was born in 1971 and is black in color. She will often burst into spontaneous song, which is a territorial call. Interestingly, in their natural range, each family has a unique song, which is how they keep in touch.
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Endangered. The greatest threat to the white-handed gibbon is habitat destruction and deforestation. Seneca Park Zoo is assisting the international efforts to raise awareness and improve the prospects of this species as part of the Species Survival Plan.
Thailand, Laos, Burma, Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula in deciduous monsoon and evergreen forests make up the White-handed gibbon’s habitat.
Gibbons’ diet consists of ripe fruit (especially figs), birds, birds’ eggs, leaves, insects and spiders.