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Racine Zoo's gibbon turns 50!

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Posted at 11:27 AM, May 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-26 13:16:18-04

RACINE -- Happy Birthday, Yule! The longest resident of the Racine Zoo is turning 50.

The white-handed gibbon is the oldest living gibbon in North America.

To celebrate, the zoo is hosting an informal birthday party from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 where guests can enjoy birthday cake flavored popcorn and learn more about Yule.

Zoo officials said this is an important celebration because white-handed gibbons typically live 25 years in the wild and 40 to 50 years under human care.

“We are very proud to see Yule reach this important milestone,” said Beth Heidorn, Executive Director of the Racine Zoo. “His long, healthy life is a testament to the wonderful care he receives from our compassionate and talented animal care staff.” 

Yule was born in Southeast Asia in 1966 and came to the zoo in 1986.