Project Description

(Hylobates lar)

The fur coloring of the Gibbon varies from black and dark-brown to light-brown, sandy colors. The hands and feet are white-colored, likewise a ring of white hair surrounds the black face.

Gibbon propel themselves through the forest by swinging under the branches using their arms.

Gibbon are one of the few primates that mate for life. Once bonded, upon awaking in the morning and before going to sleep at night, the pair sings a duet together which can be heard up to 2 miles away.

The song is unique to each gibbon pair and strengthens their bond.

Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Southeast Asia

Weight: 10 - 16 lbs

Size: 17 - 23 inches

Lifespan: Up to 50 years in captivity

Diet: Gibbon will eat a large variety of foods, including figs and other fruits, berries, young leaves, buds, flowers, new shoots, vines, vine shoots, insects, and even birds' eggs.

Conservation Status: Endangered

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