March 28, 2018
Primate Observation: Golden Checked Gibbon
The Golden Cheeked Gibbon, scientifically known as the "Nomascus Gabriellae," was a very interesting primate to observe. This primates' enclosure was on the smaller side and was filled with rocks on one side and little to no natural trees. Instead, high swinging artificial branches and hammocks hung from the ceiling of the cage. The enclosure was also mostly shady. Golden Cheeked Gibbon's are native to the rain forest of southeast Asia. Although the enclosure was small, it was very shady and had many swinging obstacles much like a rainforest would. The enclosure held 4 Gibbon's with what seemed to be 3 adult males and one adult female. Adult male Gibbon's had black fur, while the female was very light colored. These primates stood about 2 feet tall, were tailless, and had extremely long forelimbs and fingers.
In addition, these primates took very good care of each other by grooming each other's fur. They were also very active and efficiently moved around on top of the cage, never once did they touch the ground. Their long limbs are what makes this species of primate so special. Whenever they wo...