Meet Kip: Cincinnati Zoo welcomes baby gibbon

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Zoo has announced a new addition to its family, a six-month-old northern white-cheeked gibbon named Kip.

Kip arrived earlier this month from the Dallas Zoo. Unfortunately, the zoo says his parents in Texas did not show interest in caring for him.

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“They remained optimistic that Kip would be able to reunite with his parents, but multiple reintroduction efforts were unfortunately not successful,” said zoological manager of primates Victoria McGee.

Since his arrival, the zoo says he has already been near his new aunties, Skittles and M&M. The gibbons have been able to see and smell each other while interacting through a protective barrier.

“We will continue to feed and care for Kip, while encouraging interactions with the adult gibbons.  It could be several more weeks before we do physical introductions, but we’re seeing positive behaviors and are hoping for a good outcome,” said McGee. “He’s taking bottles through the mesh, which he will still do after he joins the girls, and climbing around on the special gyms that the Zoo’s volunteer enrichment team built to encourage locomotion.”

For more information, you can visit the zoo’s website.