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Old Aug 5, 2010, 5:47 PM   #1
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Default More of my friends from the zoo

When I first saw this guy I thought it was my little brother streaking through the neighborhood again. Turned out it was just a lookalike.

They had a pair of Siamang Gibbons that were so loud, I thought the zoo was playing their call through a PA speaker!

A little info...
The Siamang (Symphalangus syndactylus) is a tailless, arboreal, black furred gibbon native to the forests of Malaysia, Thailand,
and Sumatra. The largest of the lesser apes, the Siamang can be
twice the size of other gibbons, reaching 1 m in height, and weighing up to 14 kg.
The Siamang is the only species in the genus Symphalangus.

The Siamang is distinctive for two reasons. The first is that two fingers on each
hand are fused together hence the name "syndactylus", from the Ancient
Greek sun-, "united" + daktulos "finger". The second is the large "gular sac"
(found in both male and female of the species), which is a throat pouch that can be
inflated to the size of its head, allowing the Siamang to make loud resonating calls or songs.



In this shot, she didn't look very happy...


Low light and slow shutter meant blurred motion in these shots but, I wanted to show them to see if I could get a conformation on the identity. According to the zoo's web site, it could only be one of two animals and I can't make up my mind to which one it is. From what I've seen on the web, it shows some of the features of a young female impala such as the shape of the head and some of the markings. On the other hand, it could be a Muntjac, but some of the markings are missing, such as the markings on the forehead plus the head appears to be too long for a Muntjac. Does anybody out there know more about these two animals and which it is? Sorry for the poor IQ. This little gal was so tame and loving. The zoo keeper was trying to clean up the grounds and she kept on nuzzling her and wanting her attention.







This fella wasn't in the mood to nuzzle and I'm not sure anyone would want to anyway!



I don't think I'd want to be between him and where he wants to go!



But, he is a pretty boy...



This is as pretty as it gets!
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Old Aug 5, 2010, 6:01 PM   #2
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Here is a Baird's Tapir, an adult and a juvenile.
Funny looking pigs.







One final shot, An Emu. I know, not a 4 legger but, I had to get him in here some where.
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Looks like you had a lot of fun John ! I love gibbons and lemurs, could watch them all day when they are actually climbing (flying). Nice shots of the Rhino too.

And that juvenile Tapir looks err ..... tasty !
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Thank you Kev,
The Gibbons were fun to watch, and listen to. if humans could talk that loud, there never would have been a need for PA system.
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Looks like you had a fun day at the zoo, GW. I can't help you with your deer/antelope question, but your "adult tapir" is boar-ing (it's a pig, an an ugly one too)
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Looks like you had a fun day at the zoo, GW. I can't help you with your deer/antelope question, but your "adult tapir" is boar-ing (it's a pig, an an ugly one too)
Well, it was just a pig in a poke.
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Thank you Kev,
The Gibbons were fun to watch, and listen to. if humans could talk that loud, there never would have been a need for PA system.
I can see you've never visited China
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You're right, Kev. I've lived a very sheltered life, never been off the north American continent.
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