New ape on display at Greenville Zoo

08/08/2014 12:00 AM

08/07/2014 8:13 PM

Guests visiting the Greenville Zoo this weekend will have the opportunity to meet its newest resident.

Ella, a 23-year-old female siamang, joins the zoo as a companion to Oscar, a 22-year-old male siamang. Zoo officials are hoping the pairing will result in a successful match.

As part of a breeding recommendation by the Gibbon Species Survival Plan (SSP), Ella traded places with Arthur, a 20-year-old siamang, who is now living with a female siamang at the Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City, Kan.

The Greenville Zoo works directly with the SSP who develop long-term research and management strategies for the species.

Currently, siamangs are critically endangered due to habitat destruction for logging and agriculture, zoo officials said.

Dr. Heather Miller, deputy administrator for animal health, said, “We want to do our part to ensure we have a strong captive population since siamangs are endangered in the wild.

“We are thrilled to share that Ella and Oscar have spent the last few days getting to know each other and are proving to be great companions. We hope that means we’ll have a baby siamang in the exhibit next year.”

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