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Lar Gibbon Born at Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park are delighted with the latest birth at the park, a little Lar Gibbon who was born at the end of June and can now be seen by the public with its mother Namphon out on their newly refurbished island.

The lar gibbon, also known as the white-handed gibbon, lives in pairs in tree top territories in evergreen rainforests on the islands and mainland of Southeast Asia. The latest arrival which is yet to be named as the sex has to be determined brings the number of Lar Gibbons at Fota Wildlife Park to four.

Speaking about the new arrival the park's head of primates Theresa Power added "we are delighted with the birth of the Lar Gibbon and it comes at a good time, as their island was recently refurbished thanks to the proceeds raised from the Cheetah Run 4 mile road race". The race which was organised by Eagle AC attracted 634 runners and enabled the park to renovate the island with a complete new structure.

The little Lar Gibbon which was born on the 23rd of June to mother Nomphon and father George also has an older sister Noi. The unusal names are Vietnamese origin according to Theresa, "Nomphon the mother was hand reared by a keeper from Vietnam at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire who visits the park once a year and she also named Noi when she was born in 2007.

Gibbons are members of the ape family and share some features with the Gorilla and Chimpanzees such as a large brain, no tail, broad chest and upright structure. The Lar Gibbons can also move faster, more quietly, and farther than any other forest ape or monkey.

The park has lined up a weekend of events and activities for the August Bank Holiday including African Drumming, Birds of Prey Show, Face Painting, Wildlife Talks plus the start of Tree Week. To celebrate Tree Week, Fota Wildlife Park will accept €7.50 off the total admission charge for TWO ADULTS based on our normal adult rate of €13.50 or Family Ticket €56 (2 adults + 4 kids) when you produce a same day purchased rail ticket to Fota Station.