Last month, on June 19th, Khao Kheow Open Zoo welcomed another new arrival, a baby Siamang! Siamang are the largest of the Gibbon family and are native to the jungles of Thailand, Malaysia, and Sumatra in Indonesia, though their numbers in the wild have greatly diminished due to deforestation, hunting and being poached for the illegal pet trade, which has them currently listed as an endangered species.

Gibbons - like Orangutans, Gorillas, and Chimpanzees - belong to the ape family, and the most commonly recognised trait of this family is the absence of a tail, which separates them from members of the monkey family.

In other words: When you're looking at a hairy, agile creature swinging through the trees, before calling it a monkey, check first to see if it has a tail; if it doesn't, chances are you're looking at an ape. Despite writing this, somehow I suspect there'll still be the odd one or two who will leave a “nice monkey!” comment, but I thought I'd give it a try - LOL ;^)

If you'd like to see a clearer shot of this mother's wonderfully expressive face, I posted up her picture about four months ago, which you can see by clicking on this link.

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