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There's A New Ape at Dickerson Park Zoo

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Springfield’s Dickerson Park Zoo has a new resident.  Five-year-old siamang, Sebastian, came from the Montgomery Zoo in Alabama. 

He’s currently in a mandatory quarantine period, and after that he’ll reside with the zoo’s female siamang, Makali.

The zoo’s male siamang, Lucu, died in December.  Siamangs mate for life.

Zoo spokeswoman, Joey Powell, says she expects him to be on exhibit around mid-May, but until then guests might be able to glimpse him in the quarantine quarters behind the siamang yard. 

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.