Ffinlo the Manx Gibbon is born

Small ape an endangered breed

A silvery gibbon has been born at the Curraghs Wildlife Park, a year after it's parents were imported to the Island as part of prestigious breeding programme.

The adult apes, Nakula and Slamet, were relocated from Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent, and gave birth to the baby Ffinlo in August of this year.

In the wild silvery gibbons live on the Indonesian Island of Java, with a population of 2,000 adults of breeding age.

Listed as endangered, the small apes are threatened by habitat destruction and illegal pet trade. 

The Curraghs Wildlife Park was chosen to take part in the European Endangered Species' breeding programme.

Park manager Katheleen Graham says having gibbons settle at the site quickly was positive, but for them to have baby is the 'icing on the cake'.

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