Santa Barbara Zoo welcomes Nikko the Gibbon to its facilities

Posted at 4:45 PM, Nov 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-28 19:45:17-05
Nikko the Gibbon will be introduced to new females at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Photo courtesy of the Oakland Zoo

The Santa Barbara Zoo is welcoming a new male gibbon to its facilities.

Nikko the Gibbon has lived at the Oakland Zoo for the last 32 of 35 years of his life. Oakland zookeepers decided to transfer him after he had trouble finding a new mate since his previous pate’s passing in January.

Gibbons are social primates and are known to sing duets together, zookeepers said.

The Oakland Zoo says it tried to find Nikko a new mate but was unsuccessful. The Santa Barbara Zoo plans to introduce him to Jasmine, age 40, and Jari, age 4. The two zoos are hopeful that Nikko will transition well to the new environment.

Jasmine and Jari currently live at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Photo courtesy of the Santa Barbara Zoo

The zoos will decide in two or three weeks whether Nikko is adjusting well to the new zoo.
Nikko’s last day in Oakland was on Monday.

The Oakland Zoo is following his journey using the hashtag #dearnikko.