Animal Friend of the Week: Robyn and Vilson the White-Cheeked Gibbons

White Cheeked Gibbon-

Good morning from a cold and wintery day.  Tomorrow is officially the first day of winter and we are now definitely feeling it.  The temperature has dropped drastically and it is time for all the winter woollies to come out.  We have been lucky with such a warm autumn so this cold snap is going to hit us hard.

Robyn and Vilson are Wellington Zoo’s resident duo of White-Cheeked Gibbons.

Vilson, like all adult males, is black with white cheeks. He’s the more active of the two and is a big fan of his own reflection, so keepers sometimes bring him a mirror as enrichment.

Vilson-

I think he is a bit shy.

Robyn, his golden coloured counterpart, likes a more relaxed lifestyle and can often be spotted hanging out in her favourite hammock.

Gibbons are known for their early-morning singing. Robyn and Vilson sing a unique duet every morning to maintain their bond and mark their territory. Their song can be heard all around the Zoo and even from neighbouring suburbs.

Wellington Zoo

White-Cheeked Gibbons are arboreal, spending most of their time swinging from the tree tops. They live in the forests of Laos, Vietnam, and southern China, and the deforestation of these habitats is a major threat for their species.

You can help protect their wild homes by purchasing sustainable timber and paper products marked with the FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) logo.

Animal Friend of the Week Challenge Logo-

I want to showcase our animal kingdom.  It runs from Tuesday New Zealand time and is weekly.  You can join in anytime at all over the week.  You can post your furry friends (babies), wild animals, birds, insects and butterflies.  Even reptiles are welcome.

Just use this logo and link back to this blog.

I look forward to seeing all the different animals around the world

Thanks for visiting.

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