Lincoln Park Zoo's New Addition: Critically Endangered Gibbon Baby (PHOTOS)

01/07/2011 05:10 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The new year brought a new addition to Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo. A critically endangered white-cheeked gibbon gave birth to a healthy infant on Thursday, and she has been cuddling and carrying the baby gibbon around the primate house ever since.

"The parents are doing great and the infant is a good size with a tight grip and has been seen nursing," Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy said in a press release.

The sex of the infant is not yet known, and it doesn't have a name yet.

The birth was the third for mother Burma and father Caruso, according to a statement from the zoo. White-cheeked gibbons are believed mate for life and can have offspring every two to three years.

White-cheeked gibbons, which are native to parts of southeastern Asia, are able to cling tightly to their mother's bellies just after birth, allowing Burma and the baby to swing from branch to branch.

The zoo participates in the Gibbon Species Survival Plan along with others in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Their goal is to continue the longevity of the species.

Check out some photos of Burma and her baby here, courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo. To see the duo in real life, check out the zoo's Helen Brach Primate House:

Baby Gibbon Born At Lincoln Park Zoo
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