Former El Paso Zoo siamang Raya gives birth to baby boy

El Paso Proud

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — It’s a boy for former El Paso siamang Raya! The Palm Beach Zoo recently announced the birth of the baby male siamang to his parents, Raya and Zain.

Raya (formerly Indy Ray at the El Paso Zoo) is the daughter of El Paso Zoo’s super-mom siamang, Suni and sister to El Paso Zoo’s Adinda.

After being raised by Suni at the El Paso Zoo, she moved to the Palm Beach Zoo. Suni, went on to become a surrogate mother to a 5-month-old siamang named Deja who had been rejected by her own mother at the Pittsburg Zoo in early 2019.

“We were delighted when the AZA recommended us for breeding siamangs,” said Nancy Nill, Palm Beach Zoo Associate Curator of Animal Wellness. “We worked closely with the AZA to find and bring both Raya and Zain to Palm Beach Zoo. We are all overjoyed with the birth of their baby boy.”

Siamangs are in the gibbon family, a larger group of apes that include gorillas and chimpanzees. Families usually are made up of a mated pair and two generations of offspring.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

KTSM Video Center

Cincinnati businesses receive 27 citations and for COVID-19 regulations throughout pandemic

Public transportation mask mandate

Getting the Job with Workforce Solutions Borderplex- Supporting Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers

Increase at homeless shelters as El Paso sees freezing temps

Texas cuts food bank funding

Water Tip Wednesday: Calculate how much water you're using

More El Paso News
Advertise with KTSM 9 Link
Live Radar Link Banner