Newborn siamang ready to meet public at Honolulu Zoo

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The Honolulu Zoo’s newest addition, a newborn siamang, will be on display beginning this weekend.

Early in the morning on April 29, adult siamang, Mahina, gave birth to her second baby since being at the Honolulu Zoo.

Zoo officials say the baby is doing well and will be out on exhibit starting Saturday, May 9, joining Mahina, father Elvis, and sister Haumea, now more than two-and-a-half years old.

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

The Honolulu Zoo has approximately 50 primates. Siamangs are one of two species of gibbons that can be heard up and down Waikiki on a daily basis.

Native to Malaysia, Thailand, and Sumatra, siamangs are the largest of the gibbons. They can reach a height of one meter and weight of 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 public is encouraged to visit the Honolulu Zoo and catch a glimpse of the young primate.

The Honolulu Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

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