The Zoo has two gibbons. Bennett was born in 1981 and is blond in color. Dorothy, born in 1971, is black in color. These two will often burst into spontaneous song, which is a territorial call. Interestingly, in the wild, each family has a unique song, which is how they keep in touch.
Status in the Wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Endangered. The greatest threat to the white-handed gibbon is habitat destruction and deforestation. The 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 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.