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The National Zoo and Aquarium’s first ever baby Siamang gibbon has finally been named!

The youngster has spent the first few months of her life learning the ropes from mum and dad and delighting visitors to the zoo.

As she was such a special arrival, the zoo got the public to vote on a name for her, with staff receiving hundreds of suggestions!

Staff settled on the name ‘Miliya’ after an 8-year-old girl who passed away unexpectedly in February.


Miliya O’Shea had a passion for wildlife, raising over $7000 towards conservation projects.

Her mum Megan entered the poll in honour of her daughter.

“She was smart and cheeky just like this gibbon and she loved animals,” Megan said.

“This is a fitting tribute to a smart, beautiful, caring, one-of-a-kind little girl.”

The family of gibbons are part of a critical breeding program.


“Siamang gibbons face many risks in the wild and it is young people like Miliya, and our future generations, who will ensure they are protected,” the Zoo’s Operations Manager, Renee Osterloh, said.

“Miliya was such an amazing young person and we thank her for everything she did for wildlife. Thank you to Meg and her family for getting in touch and suggesting such a beautiful name for our important new addition.”

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