Guwahati: The Assam State Zoo is now boasting of its first successful birth of hoolock gibbon in captivity.
State forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya applauded the rare achievement by tweeting, “Another feature in the cap… Please welcome the new born baby of #Hoolockgibbon – a rare and endangered species – at @AssamStateZoo This is the first time in the Zoo’s history that a #hoolockgibbon has breed.”
According to reports, the gibbon baby was born on August 2 but was not reported as it was kept under observation. Nonetheless, the zoo plans on celebrating its birthday after its completion of two months on October 2.
Hoolock gibbons are native to eastern Bangladesh, Northeast India and Southwest China. It is believed that the name for the endangered species ‘Hoolock’ is from the Assamese (holou) or related languages. The mammal is believed to have a life expectancy of 25 years in the wild.