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Gibbons under protection in city
Siamang gibbon. Pic from Noah's Ark Zoo Farm
The Siamangs' natural habitat is under threat
Two Siamang gibbons are to be moved to Bristol as part of a Europe-wide endangered species programme.

The gibbons, yet to be named, will be housed at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm.

Head keeper Chris Wilkinson said: "Siamang gibbons are very noisy, famous for making loud calls in the forests of Malaysia, Thailand and Sumatra."

They are part of a European Endangered Species Programme because of the destruction of the habitat in their native countries.

The breeding programme keeps a record of where endangered species are and how many, and ensures genetic diversity among breeding pairs.


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