Young Pileated Gibbon, 1 year old, Hylobates Pileatus, sitting in front of white background

Pileated gibbon.

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park recently announced the birth of two rare species — pileated and white-handed gibbons.

These are significant births for Wildlife World, as well as for animal conservation worldwide, as gibbons are the most endangered primates globally. Between Wildlife World’s three gibbon families, the zoo has welcomed 12 gibbon babies over the past 18 years.

Wildlife World is one of only two zoos in the country to care for the pileated gibbon. With this being the zoo’s third birth of the species, this brings the total number of these critically endangered primates in the United States to 14.

Wildlife World currently has siamang, white-handed and pileated gibbons on display. This makes its gibbon collection one of the largest and most diverse in the country.

Gibbons are small, tailless apes found in the tropical rainforests of southern and Southeast Asia. They are among the fastest of all primates and despite lacking a tail for balance they can be found walking on their hind legs along branches high above the ground, characteristically raising their arms above their head for balance.

Wildlife World’s keepers and veterinarians have raised dozens of species of wild and endangered animals over the past quarter-century. All baby primates are raised by their parents, while select other species are raised in the zoo’s baby animal nursery.

With more than 600 species and 6,000 animals on display, there are often new arrivals at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park. Other babies on display include a zebra, two bobcats, DeBrazza monkeys, endangered addax and Arabian oryx, and other youngsters throughout the 100-acre park.

As a USDA-licensed, private institution accredited by the Zoological Association of America and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums, Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park receives zero taxpayer funding. No tax dollars have ever been spent to build or operate Wildlife World in its nearly 35-year history.

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is located at 16501 W. Northern Avenue, Litchfield Park (at the southeast corner of State Route 303 and Northern Avenue). It is open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. Zoo exhibits are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last zoo admission is at 5 p.m.). Aquarium exhibits are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission includes access to the zoo, aquarium and safari park.

For more information, call 623-935-WILD (9453) or visit the zoo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @zoowildlife, or on wildlifeworld.com.