Adult Siamang

SIAMANGS AT SAN DIEGO ZOO

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  • Location: San Diego Zoo, California, USA
  • Source: www.sandiegozoo.org
  • Info: Live streaming HD webcam featuring orangutans and siamangs at the San Diego Zoo. Arboreal orangutans and siamangs can climb, swing, and live in the same terrain as they would in the wild. The enormous, glass-fronted habitat features numerous trees, play structures, ropes, and sway poles.


  • More Info: Siamangs live in the upper canopy of mountain and lowland forests in Malaysia and Sumatra and small parts of Thailand. They are part of the gibbon family but the only member to have an inflating throat sac called a gular. When the gular is inflated with air it gives a significant boost to vocal sounds which can be heard through the forest for up to 6.5kms. Their loud, booming calls are used to communicate and establish or defend their territory from other siamangs nearby.

    Siamangs rarely descend to the ground but when they do, they walk upright with their arms above their heads to help them balance. They sleep upright in the tree branches without building nests or tree platforms like other apes. In the tree canopies, They leap with confidence across formidable gaps between branches, launching themselves 30-50 feet, using their hands as hooks. This mode of locomotion is called brachiation.