White-Cheeked Gibbon Delights at Bronx Zoo

white cheeked gibbon
Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Just look at those cheeks! The gibbon family at the Bronx Zoo is celebrating its first newborn since 2000: a baby white-cheeked gibbon.

The critically endangered species is native to Vietnam, China and Lao People's Democratic Republic — and, unfortunately, threatened by hunting and deforestation.

The little one is the first offspring for father Milton, who's 15 years old. But experienced mama Christine (who the zoo calls "Kicks") has already had 10 babies.

According to the zoo, all baby gibbons are born with a pale yellow-brown coat — a color known as "buff" — that turns black over their first two years of life. Once the animal reaches sexual maturity, males remain black and females return to their buff color. (Now you can tell which gibbon is Mom and which is Dad in the image above.) Keepers at the Bronx Zoo aren't yet sure whether the new addition is a boy or a girl, but we can't wait to find out!

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