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Dickerson Park Zoo Gibbon Dies from Infection

A 12-year-old siamang at Dickerson Park Zoo has died.  Lucu died Friday from an acute bacterial infection that did not respond to treatment, according to a zoo statement.

He was one of two siamangs at the zoo.  His mate, Makali, is getting extra enrichment and interaction with her keepers in the Tropical Asia area.  A siamang pair will stay together for life.

The lifespan of a gibbon is 30 to 35 years in the wild and 40 to 50 years in captivity.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.