White-Cheeked Gibbon Makes Brookfield Zoo Debut

A 1-month-old gibbon can now be seen at the zoo starting Tuesday

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    A male white-cheeked gibbon, born on Nov. 15, is ready for visitors, according to the Chicago Zoological Society. (Published Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011)

    Brookfield Zoo has a new face -- a baby white, furry one.

    A male white-cheeked gibbon, born on Nov. 15, is ready for visitors, according to the Chicago Zoological Society.

    The infant, along with his mom, Indah; dad, Benny; and 2-year-old brother, Thani, can be seen starting Tuesday in the zoo's Tropic World: Asia exhibit.

    Here's what to look for: Though the 1-month-old currently has a blond coat, resembling his mother's, it won't be long before his coloring starts to change, zoo officials say. When he's 6 months old, he will begin to turn dusky, darkening to a full black coat with light cheek patches by the time he turns 1.

    The infant has been hanging close to his mom since birth and will continue to do so for the next couple months. He will then start to venture off, exploring the habitat and playing with his brother and dad as he gets older.

    White-cheeked gibbons, part of the ape family, have dramatically declined in population. They are considered an endangered species in some native habitats and extinct in others, according to the Chicago Zoological Society.