White Handed Gibbons, Fota Wildlife Park

Our recent move to Cork warranted an almost immediate visit to Fota Wildlife Park, a small zoo just outside Cork City. This wildlife park houses various species, many of which are endangered,  in open and natural environments.

Their main aim is the conservation of threatened species, amongst who are the stars of today’s blog post: the white-handed gibbon or the lar gibbon. These primates’ natural habitat in South-East Asia is under threat from deforestation and hunting, and Fota has kept lars gibbons since it first opened.

These guys were great fun to watch on Saturday; swinging and jumping around their little island, snuggling up to each other for a cuddle, sucking their thumbs, running up and down logs, and generally being very adorable.


White Handed Gibbon

White Handed Gibbon

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