Siamang at the Dickerson Park Zoo (©Dickerson Park Zoo)
By Jennifer McKee
Do your friends and family characterize you as “loud?” Do you have the energy level of a primate? Now’s the time to put it to good use: the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Missouri is hosting the “Can You Sing Like a Siamang?” contest.
Siamangs, the largest of the gibbons, are native to the forests of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. The distinguishing feature of these black-furred gibbons is the large throat sac (which can become as large as a grapefruit) that they inflate during vocalizations.
Think your voice box is up to the muster? Grab a partner, create an original song and email a 60-second or shorter audio track to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the email, include the names of the singers and songwriter(s). Submissions are due by June 13. Semi-finalists will be selected from audio submissions and announced the week of June 14.