White-Handed Gibbon

(Hylobates lar)


Sumatra, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand

Fruits, leaves, buds, insects

5 to 7 kg

Brooding/gestation time:
approx. 7 months

Achievable age
up to 50 years

Gibbons sing in a duet

Gibbons are very social, communicativeanimals. Pairs mark their family territory with wonderful singing every morning and every evening. Within the Group they communicate without a sound by facial expression and physical contact – grooming is a particularly important ritual.

A lifelong commitment

Most apes don’t feel the need to commit –gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans, for example, regularly seek new partners. Gibbons, on the other hand, fall in love for life. Male and female gibbons share the task of rearing the young.

Did you know that ?

  • For drinking they hang from a branch, dip their Hand into water and suck the fur.
  • They can mate year-round, but only have offspring every three years.