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Popular Santa Barbara Zoo Resident Dies

Gibbon which lived four decades at Santa Barbara Zoo died

A popular gibbon at a South Coast zoo which was familiar to generations of zoogoers has died. Gulliver died Tuesday at the Santa Barbara Zoo, following a brief illness. The white handed gibbon was born at the zoo in 1976, and died just days before its 40th birthday. White handed gibbons are found in Thailand, Malaysia, and Sumatra, and live in tropical rain forests. They’re known for their spectacular gymnastics as they move through the forest, and make loud whooping sounds as they communicate with each other. Gulliver’s longtime mate Jasmine also lives at the zoo, and they have numerous offspring.