Oakland Zoo reports:
White-handed gibbons are very social and monogamous – known to mate for life – and the popular Nikko The Gibbon, aged a mature 35 years, has been mate-less for almost a year. While he will be sorely missed at Oakland Zoo, zookeepers are confident he will be happier socially with his new ‘blended gibbon family’ at Santa Barbara Zoo.
OAKLAND, CA — After 32 years at Oakland Zoo, zookeepers made the tough decision – in the best interest of Nikko’s welfare in terms of primate-to-primate social interaction – to transfer him to Santa Barbara Zoo next week. There, both Oakland Zoo and Santa Barbara Zoo staff are hopeful he will quickly bond with two of their White-handed gibbons, Jasmine (aged 40) and her adopted daughter, Jari (age 4). The move is intended be permanent, depending on Nikko’s transition.
“Nikko has been beloved for his sweet, gentle nature for the 32 years he’s been with us at Oakland Zoo. The decision to move him was not made lightly – there are concerns about his ability to adjust to a new place, his ability to get along with not just one other gibbon but two, and also his age,” said Andrea Dougall, Zoological Manager at Oakland Zoo. “We won’t have answers to the first two concerns for a little while but we are optimistic that he will do well in the new setting and believe that since he still has many years ahead of him, it is worth the risk to make sure that those years are deeply enriching. We are incredibly sad to see him go, but we want to give him the chance to live his best gibbon life – and ultimately that means living with others of his species.”
Often seen and heard swinging in his habitat’s trees and singing every morning, as gibbons are known to do, zookeepers noticed Nikko has been increasingly quiet in recent months. This came as no surprise as gibbons are known to sign ‘duets’ together in the mornings, and Nikko has been without a mate since her passing in January of this year. Since then, Oakland Zoo had been in search of a potential mate for Nikko here at Oakland Zoo, but the search was unsuccessful and eventually the opportunity for Nikko to move to Santa Barbara Zoo surfaced.
At Santa Barbara Zoo, Nikko will be slowly introduced to Jasmine, age 40, and Jari, an adolescent female, age 4. Jari, originally born at Jackson Zoo and rejected by her birth mother, was adopted by Jasmine as a surrogate mother. The two are very closely bonded and expected to be highly compatible with Nikko’s playful and outgoing personality.
Oakland Zoo zookeepers will accompany Nikko to Santa Barbara, making the drive on November 27th. Once there, they will monitor Nikko closely in his transition to the new surroundings, along with Santa Barbara Zoo’s animal care team. All three gibbons will be closely monitored in the coming weeks during introductions.
Back at Oakland Zoo, the gibbon habitat known as “Gibbon Island” will be kept temporarily vacant if it is determined that Nikko is not adjusting as expected at Santa Barbara Zoo and should be brought back to Oakland Zoo. This determination will be made within 2-3 weeks of Nikko’s arrival there on November 27th.
Updates on Nikko will be given on the Zoo’s social media channels, using the hashtag #dearnikko.
Oakland News Now Recent Posts
- Las Vegas Raiders ESPN Named QB Derek Carr The Most Underappreciated In The NFL By Eric Pangilinan September 24, 2021
- Frank Somerville Of KTVU Suspended For Gabby Petito Comments He Told Blogger Richard Lieberman September 24, 2021
- Cam Jordan on Mac Jones, Belichick’s Offense | New Orleans Saints September 24, 2021
- Jameis Winston on Sean Payton & Bill Belichick | New Orleans Saints September 24, 2021
- Coach Gruden on Final Prep for Miami and Richie Incognito’s Progress | Las Vegas Raiders | NFL September 24, 2021
- Leyton CES 2022 Challenge September 24, 2021
- Are Oakland A’s Baseball Fans Voting NO to Dave Kaval and Organization by Derrick Soo September 24, 2021
- Jake Ellenbogen LA Rams Vlogger At Downtown Rams Interviewed By Zennie62Media’s Bill Carroll September 24, 2021
- Are Oakland Baseball Fans Voting NO to Dave Kaval and Organization by Derrick Soo September 24, 2021
- Deshaun Watson – 60 Percent Of The Tony Buzbee Lawsuits Look Fake – Here’s Why September 24, 2021
- When will the Dolphins make their big push for Deshaun Watson? | Pro Football Talk | NBC Sports September 24, 2021
- Bike Oakland & Alameda: Solstice Art ride (Oyster Bay, Airport, Bay Farm) September 24, 2021
- Deshaun Watson Remains Committed to Forcing His Way out of Houston | THE ODD COUPLE September 24, 2021
- Christian McCaffrey Injury Status – Panthers Matt Rhule Gives Injury Update After Win Over Texans September 24, 2021
- Oakland A’s Dave Stewart Wants To Own Coliseum Land, But Blasts Councilmember Kaplan On Twitter September 24, 2021
- Oakland Hit With Lawsuit for Failure to Clean Up Homeless Camps September 24, 2021
- Readout of Biden Administration Convening to Discuss and Address Semiconductor Supply Chain September 23, 2021
- Las Vegas Raiders Vs Dolphins Won’t Be Aired On Some Tv Market In California By Eric Pangilinan September 23, 2021
- Las Vegas Raiders Defense Is The Key To Victory In Week By Eric Pangilinan September 23, 2021
- RecallOakland.com Website For Stupid Idea Recalling Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Months Before She’s Termed Out September 23, 2021
- Nintendo Reveals Cast For The Mario Movie in 2022. Yes This Is Real, By: Vinny Lospinuso September 23, 2021
- BREAKING: Arrest Warrant Issued for Brian Laundrie in Gabby Petito’s Death September 23, 2021
- Las Vegas Raiders Tom Flores To Receive Hall Of Fame Ring At Allegiant Stadium By Eric Pangilinan September 23, 2021
- Justin Fields First NFL Start Will Come Against The Browns | Pat McAfee Reacts September 23, 2021
- Coach Bradley, Coach Olson, Denzel Perryman and Kenyan Drake Presser – 9.23.21 | Las Vegas Raiders September 23, 2021
- Supermodel Linda Evangelista Has Been “Brutally Disfigured” by Procedure Done 5 Years Ago | PEOPLE September 23, 2021
- Author Jameis1of1 Talks About Jameis Winston And Gives Thoughts On Pats vs Saints Game September 23, 2021
- Kate Scott Is Philadelphia’s First Female Sports Broadcaster – That’s No Accident – Here’s Why September 23, 2021
- Mom Gets Surprise Giant Gift Box From Rocket Mortgage Sent Via UPS September 23, 2021
- How U.C. Berkeley Beat Harvard And Yale To Become The Best College In America | Forbes September 23, 2021
- Judge Orders UC Berkeley To Freeze Enrollment After Neighborhood Group Sues September 23, 2021
- Save 1921 Walnut St. Berkeley – Tenants Protest Demolition, UC Berkeley, Mayor Jesse Arreguin Actions September 23, 2021
- 30 Weirdest Things Ever Caught On Security Cameras & CCTV ! September 23, 2021
- The Raiders Are LETHAL With Derek Carr and Jon Gruden in Sync | Tiki and Tierney September 23, 2021
- Melvin Van Peebles on Bill Cosby Allegations; Being a Pioneer September 23, 2021
- Unstoppable: Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks, and Ossie Davis in Conversation (2005) September 23, 2021
- Groundbreaking Filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles Has Died September 23, 2021
- R.I.P Mario Van Peebles Dad, Speaks On How His Father Melvin Van Peebles Died September 23, 2021
- 2021 09 21 Meeting with DSP UC Berkeley Students with Disabilities Coalition PART 2 September 23, 2021
- Nobel Prize Medal Presented to UC Berkeley Chemistry Professor Jennifer Doudna at her Berkeley Home September 23, 2021