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Gibbon (White-handed)

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Hylobates lar
Gibbon (White-handed)


Gibbons are found in Asia, on the Malay Peninsula, Burma, and the Island of Sumatra.


They live in the forest in family groups.

Body Traits

Gibbons are “apes” so have no tails. Their arms are longer than their bodies so are well adapted for moving around in the treetops. Gibbons can weigh up to 25 pounds. They vary in color from black to yellow and have a “throat sac” that helps them make their loud call. They use their call to mark their territory.


They hang from branches, instead of perching on top of them like other apes.


They eat fruit, leaves and insects, feeding for many hours a day.


Their predators are large birds of prey, snakes and wild cats.

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Gibbons only have babies every 2-3 years. They have just 1 mate. Females are pregnant for 8 months (gestation) and have 1 young.

Lifespan and/or Conservation Status

They live about 35 years in the wild. They are listed as Lower Risk - Near Threatened.

Gibbon (White-handed)


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorrhini
Family: Hylobatidae
Genus: Hylobates
Species: Hylobates lar

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