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Baby siamang born at the Honolulu Zoo

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Honolulu – The Honolulu Zoo's newest addition, a newborn siamang, will be on display beginning tomorrow, Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Early in the morning on April 29, 2015, adult siamang, Mahina, gave birth to her second baby since being at the Honolulu Zoo. The baby is doing well and Mahina is being a great mom, just as she was with her last female baby, Haumea, now over 2 ½ years old. Mahina and her new baby will be out on exhibit with the father, Elvis, and sister, Haumea, starting tomorrow, Saturday, May 9, 2015.

“We are very proud to have a thriving primate family at our zoo,” said Dr. Baird Fleming, Zoo Director.

The Honolulu Zoo has approximately 50 primates. Siamangs are one of two species of gibbons in our collections that can be heard up and down Waikiki on a daily basis making the loud territorial vocalizations.

Native to Malaysia, Thailand, and Sumatra, siamangs are the largest of the gibbons and can reach a height of 1 meter and weight up to 30 pounds. Siamangs are distinguished by their large gular sacs, or throat pouch, that can be inflated to the size of the animal's head, giving siamangs their booming voices.

The newborn is roughly the size of a potato and a photo and Mahina has not yet allowed for a photo-op of her new baby. The public is encouraged to visit the Honolulu Zoo and catch a glimpse of the adorable little primate. The Honolulu Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

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