Baby Gibbon and Surrogate Moms Skittles and M&M Make Debut in Jungle Trails

Posted June 14, 2023

Cincinnati Zoo visitors can see them in their outdoor habitat

CINCINNATI, OH (June 14, 2023) — Ten-month-old white-cheeked gibbon Kip and his surrogate parents, buff-cheeked gibbon sisters Skittles and M&M, have moved to Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Jungle Trails habitat and can now be seen by visitors daily from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., weather permitting. Kip arrived on March 7 and has spent the past few months being cared for by the Zoo’s primate team and getting to know his new moms.

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“It has taken a lot of teamwork and time to get to this point,” said Cincinnati Zoo zoological manager Victoria McGee. “We wanted visitors to be able to see Kip sooner, but it was important to make sure that the trio was a solid unit and that Kip’s climbing skills were good before they ventured out.  He’s still a little wobbly but doing great with help from Skittles and M&M.”

Kip’s parents at the Dallas Zoo showed little interest in caring for him, so the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Program (SSP) recommended trying to place him with Cincinnati Zoo’s teenage females.

“They’re doing great together and are so fun to watch,” said McGee.  “Kip has boundless energy and keeps the girls busy!”

Stop by on your next visit to see them in Jungle Trails.  The Zoo opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Members get Early Entry and are welcome to enter the Zoo at 9 a.m.

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