Published On: Sep 18 2013 05:11:37 PM EDTUpdated On: Sep 19 2013 04:43:07 PM EDT
Born on Aug. 26, Zoo Miami said this is the first white cheeked gibbon birth at the zoo.
The first time parents are "Henry," a 9-year-old male that came from the Minnesota Zoo and "Millie," an 11-year-old female on loan from the Bronx Zoo.
The sex of the infant is yet to be positively determined, but the zoo said it has already been named, "Tualang," after a Malaysian tree.
The endangered primates are found in the canopy of tropical forests in southeast Asia where they feed on a variety of fruits, leaves and occasional insects.
They are monogamous animals known for their high-pitched territorial calls that can be heard over great distances in the forest.
They use their extremely long arms to acrobatically swing through the trees and contrary to popular belief, the zoo says they are not monkeys, but rather lesser apes due in part to the lack of a tail.
Zoo Miami said the infant and its parents will make daily limited appearances on exhibit, which they share with Orangutans until zoo staff feels that they have adjusted properly and can remain outside for the entire day.