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Did you know?

They are also called Lar Gibbons and a group is called a troop

Quick Facts

Weight: 4-8kgs

Size: 42-59cms

Number of offspring: 1 infant every 2-3yrs

Gestation: 6 months

Maturity:

Lifespan: up to 50yrs

Predators: No true natural predators – lives high in canopy and is quick and agile

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White Handed Gibbon

Hylobates lar

Habitat

Tropical Rainforest, seasonal evergreen forests and mixed deciduous bamboo forest

Natural behavior

Diurnal and arboreal, using brachiation as a main form of locomotion but can also walk bipedally and move terrestrially with speed. They are admired for their agility and effortless motion through the trees. Lar Gibbons live in home ranges in which they actively defend and using territorial calls.

Description

Dark to light brown body hair with white hands, feet and ring around hairless face. Arms and fingers are long

Distribution

South East Asia; Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand

Diet

Omnivore; eating a large variety of foods including sweet tree fruit and berries, also young leaves, buds and flowers, new shoots, vines and vine shoots, insects and bird eggs. Diet can be very seasonal

Reproduction

Births peak during rainy/dry season transition in September to October

Social structure

Social; living in small family units of up to 6. Consisting of a dominant monogamous breeding pair and up to 4 immature offspring

Threats

Habitat loss due to illegal logging, clearing for roads, palm oil plantations and agriculture. Hunting for food is a major threat as well as the illegal pet trade