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Siamang

Did you know?

Symphalangus syndactylus

The arms of a siamangs (say it SIGH-amang) are longer than its legs – up to a five-foot span. Imagine if your arms could reach down to the ground while you were standing up! It makes for good swinging…

Discover Siamangs

Habitat
Wild and Zoo
Siamangs are primates that live in the treetops of tropical rainforests in Sumatra and on the Malay Peninsula. Find ours in the Asian Forest Sanctuary
Asian Forest Sanctuary
Meet the Keeper
(Ask primate questions.)
Keepers in our Asian Forest Sanctuary give unscheduled talks daily. Ask questions about each animal, and find out how our zoo team feeds and cares for them.

Meet our siamangs

Cho Cho
Dudlee
Eating
(and predators!)
Siamangs eat leaves, fruit, flowers, birds eggs and insects – things that are abundant in rainforests.
Their main predators are humans and leopards.
Cling to mama
(Then it's Dad's turn.)
After a 7-month pregnancy, females give birth to a single baby, who clings to its mother’s belly for the first 3-4 months.
When it’s around one year old, the father takes over daily care.
Sleeping in trees
and making noise.
Siamangs live in family units. They wake at sunrise and search for food all day before returning to sleep in their tree.
To defend their territory, mated pairs create unique duets of booms, barks and hoots. Listen out for ours in the early morning!

Protecting Siamangs

Don’t cut down my trees.

THE THREAT: Endangered in the wild, siamangs are losing their habitat to human logging and agriculture. Right now less than 5 per cent of that habitat is protected.

TAKE ACTION: Much of southeast Asia’s rainforest destruction is to make room for palm oil plantations. Check products you use for sustainable palm oil, and encourage companies to make the switch.

Asian forest Stories

Elephant Yoga and Apple Slices

Shannon Smith stands outside on a fall day, calling out encouragement. “Foot!” she requests. Across the yard, her “buddy” of 24 years slowly lifts a leg, then puts it back down. “Good!” exclaims Smith, and offers an apple slice. It’s exercise time at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, and Smith is leading Suki the elderly … Continued

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Cho Cho, Still the Oldest Siamang

How does it feel to be the oldest siamang? Well, for Cho Cho, snuggled up with his companion Dudlee on a crisp fall morning at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, it seemed pretty cozy. This year Cho Cho is celebrating his 54th birthday – which makes him the oldest siamang on record in human care … Continued

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Clouded Leopard Conservation

Clouded leopards are endangered. Their tropical forests are being cut down for logging, human habitat and to grow palm oil, a common food product. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium plays a huge role in the conservation of clouded leopards in the wild. The Zoo is part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) that keeps zoo … Continued

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Who's Nearby?
Spotted our siamangs? Then look for our clouded leopards! Find them in their leafy habitat just uphill from the other Asian Forest Sanctuary habitats.