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They are also called Lar Gibbons and a group is called a troop
Number of offspring: 1 infant every 2-3yrs
Gestation: 6 months
Lifespan: up to 50yrs
Predators: No true natural predators – lives high in canopy and is quick and agile
White Handed Gibbon
Tropical Rainforest, seasonal evergreen forests and mixed deciduous bamboo forest
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.
Dark to light brown body hair with white hands, feet and ring around hairless face. Arms and fingers are long
South East Asia; Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand
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
Births peak during rainy/dry season transition in September to October
Social; living in small family units of up to 6. Consisting of a dominant monogamous breeding pair and up to 4 immature offspring
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