Siamang Gibbons at Manor House Wildlife Park

By Kathryn Slade Gibbons at Manor House Wildlife Park

Manor Park is home to three beautiful Siamang Gibbons, Steve, Lisa and their baby Bryn. Steve was rescued by Anna and Colin from life in a small cage and now enjoys life on his own island in as close to his natural environment as is possible in Pembrokeshire.

The Siamang is the largest and darkest species of Gibbon. They are very rare and tend to be small and slender with long arms and no tails. They are very good climbing and swinging their way through trees thanks to their dextrous hands. Because of this it is very hard for predators to catch them in their native home in Southeast Asia.
Cuddling Gibbons

They are covered with long think black hair on most of their body, apart from their face, fingers, palms, armpits and on the bottoms of their feet. Their hairless faces are very dark black and are set with dark eye and very small nostrils.  Their hands and feet are very similar to ours and they walk around on two legs. They have four long fingers and a smaller opposable thumb. They have five toes which includes an opposable big toe. They are very good at carry things with their hands and feet.
Playing gibbons

Siamangs are the largest type of gibbon and the biggest of the lesser apes. Male Siamangs are just a bit bigger than the females and are normally around 3ft tall. They are very sociable animals, and once they have found the partner they mate for life! Steve is now 18 years old, Lisa is 12 and baby Bryn is now 4. Cute alert! Steve and Bryn always cuddle up together to go to sleep at night.
Gibbon rolling in grass

The Gibbons are omnivores who mainly eat plants and small insects; about 75% of their diet is fruit. They like to drink lots of water and use their furry hands as a cup.

Unlike other gibbons, Siamangs have a throat sac which they can inflate to about the size of their head. This sac makes their call a lot louder and means that they are the noisiest of all the gibbons! It is so impressive that the hooting noise that they make can be heard up to 2 miles away even through very dense rainforests.

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