5-month-old siamang arrives at El Paso Zoo


The El Paso Zoo has welcomed an adorable new addition to its siamang family.

Deja, a 5-month-old baby female siamang, recently arrived to El Paso from the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.

According to a news release, Deja was born on August 5 and was hand-raised by Pittsburgh staff after her mother rejected her at birth. 

Officials say the Association of Zoos and Aquariums advisory group recommended for the El Paso Zoo to foster Deja and join another siamang family.

According to the release, siamangs are part of the gibbon family, the larger group of apes that includes gorillas and chimpanzees.

The species typically lives in small families composed of a mated pair and two generations of their offspring, officials say. The siamang population is declining as a result of poaching and construction.

Deja will join Suni and Adinda, the zoo’s other siamangs, full time once they get to know her.

According to the zoo, visitors will be able to see Deja at limited scheduled times in a day room located in the Asia Forest Complex.

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