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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 a talk each day at 12:30 pm – look for the signs in that area to find them. Ask questions about each animal, and find out how our zoo team feeds and cares for them.
See daily schedule

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

A Tapir Ultrasound

Zoological Aide Katie Schachtsick holds a long-handled back-scratcher and applies just the right amount of pressure as she rubs it across the black-and-white hide of endangered Malayan tapir Yuna. It’s clear Yuna enjoys the attention – and the back rub – leaning into the scratcher and then moving her stout legs down, getting into a … Continued

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AI for endangered tigers

Cross your paws. And think of tiger cubs! Our endangered female Sumatran tigers, 5-year-old Kali and 4-year-old Kirana, could be pregnant. Both were artificially inseminated Jan. 30 with sperm from 14-year-old Mohan. We won’t know for a few weeks if a pregnancy resulted, but if successful, tiger cubs would be born in May. But it … Continued

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5 Animals that Beat the Cold

We’re all feeling the cold right about now in the Pacific Northwest – and the rest of the country too. But here at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, our animals have some pretty cool ways to deal with it. From fur coats to heated hammocks, here are five ways our animals beat the winter cold. … 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.