Hue and her baby are easy to spot because both are
cream-colored, while the other gibbons (all males) are black.
Baby gibbons are born a cream color, darkening as they mature.
Males stay black their whole lives, but females, when they reach
maturity, change back to a cream color.
This baby gibbon’s arrival is more than great news for the Zoo;
it’s important for the preservation of this species, which is
critically endangered and faces extinction. In Southeast Asia --
where gibbons spend all their lives in the trees of tropical
rainforests -- deforestation, hunting and poaching threaten
their survival. The species’ population numbers continue to
As part of the ongoing efforts to preserve the species, the
Toledo Zoo participates in a Species Survival Plan (SSP) in
conjunction with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
Through this cooperative breeding and conservation program, the
Zoo works with other zoos around the country to help ensure a
future for many species, including the gibbon.