Animals Blog

Baby Gibbon in Fota Wildlife Park Needs a Name

Staff at Fota Wildlife Park in Cork needs the public's help in finding a name for their baby Agile Gibbon who at 3 months old still remains nameless.

The Agile Gibbon who was born in March has been protected very closely by her mother Chloe and as a result the sex of the baby is still unknown. Head Warden at Fota Wildlife Park Willy Duffy said "of all the animals in the park it's the primates that we find the most difficult when it comes to confirming the sex of the baby as the mother becomes very protective and will not let anyone near her new born".

In recent days many school kids on their annual tour have been asking what the new born Agile is called so the park have decided to ask the public for help. Fota Wildlife Park want the public to come up with a unisex name for the little Gibbon via their website www.fotawildlife.ie and the person who is lucky enough to name the gibbon will win a VIP Day out for them and their family at Fota Wildlife Park.

The yet to be named baby is the second arrival for happy couple Chloe and Connor who gave birth to the very jealous Billy three years ago. Mr Duffy added "the new baby has made Billy its older brother a bit jealous and you can see him constantly picking on the little one and annoying his mother but that will ease as soon as the baby becomes dependent".

Similar to the Lar and Siamang gibbon, agile gibbons inhabit monsoon and evergreen rainforests on islands and mainland of Southeast Asia. As their name suggests the agile gibbon is an excellent climber, it is also one of the fastest and most acrobatic moving of all the primates virtually flying from tree to tree in its forest home.

The Competition has now closed but votes for the four shortlisted names are being taken on www.facebook.com/fotawildlife

The Agile Gibbons and the other animals at Fota Wildlife Park are also inviting you to show them just how much they mean to you by visiting them during the 2012 Love Your Park/Zoo campaign. The campaign which was launched last year by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), will run from Saturday May 26th to Sunday June 10th.

Its aim is to encourage people to visit their local zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks and not only have a fun day out, but also learn just how much they do for conservation, education and research. More than 75 zoos, aquariums and wildlife centres across Ireland and the UK will be taking part and are planning a week of fun activities from showing off new exhibits, to animal encounters, trails and craft activities.