Given the bad rap that Oakland gets, not to mention that it is always second fiddle to San Francisco in many ways, I was actually quite surprised at how nice the Oakland Zoo is. Most of the animals in the zoo had a great deal of space in their exhibit, and they were generally pretty active compared to the animals in the San Francisco Zoo (perhaps it is due to the foggier nature of San Francisco).
This White-Handed was obviously very deep in thought when I took this picture. I’ve also had the good fortune of seeing gibbons in the wild while in Thailand, and I’ve also been to the Gibbon Rehabilitation Center in Phuket, Thailand (former pets or injured animals that they try to rehabilitate to put back in the wild).
Note: It is very common to see people with Gibbons that you can take your picture with in Patong. Please don’t take your picture with these animals, as cool as it may be, because the gibbon is only there because the mother was killed to get the infant. I made this mistake on my first two trips to Thailand:-(