Friday, September 19, 2008

Rare Ape Born In Terra Natura Park

ape bornA rare Siamang monkey, the first-ever to be born in the Benidorm theme park, ‘Terra Natura’, came into the world last week. A species native to Malaysia and Sumatra Island, it is a form of gibbon and therefore an ape, rather than a monkey. It is notable for its very long arms that enable it to swing from tree to tree at speeds of up to 60 kilometres per hour.

For the first year, the mother will care for and feed the baby, but after this, the father has to take over.

Siamang monkeys are listed in an international catalogue of species which are in danger of extinction.

They grow to about 30 - 35 inches in length, live for around 25 years in the wild, or 40 in captivity, and usually stay with the same partner all their lives.

Story here.

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