Maureen Leahy

Well, it’s official…it’s a boy! Our newest addition to the white-cheeked gibbon family has ventured off mom long enough for us to get a good look at his gender.

Sai (pronounced “sigh”), which means “son” in Burmese, is the third son of Burma and Caruso, all born at Lincoln Park Zoo.

There are a million reasons why I love my job, but watching animals develop from birth is one of the best. Sai has been transforming right before my eyes over the last three months. His hair is darkening, his teeth have grown in (he’s got an impressive set of choppers), and he’s starting to venture away from mom, cautiously testing his long arms on hanging vines. With the warming weather, Sai has also been clinging to Burma as she ventures outside to sunbathe.

I am proud of the Helen Brach Primate House keeper staff for the phenomenal care they provide our gibbons. I’m also proud of Lincoln Park Zoo for our commitment to in situ ape conservation in both Africa and Asia. If you’re interested in learning more, I encourage you to go here.

Be sure to visit the zoo and greet our latest pride and joy—Sai, the white-cheeked gibbon.

Sincerely,
Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy

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