White-Handed Gibbon

Hylobates lar

Gibbons sing in a duet

Gibbons are very social, communicative animals. 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.


  • Origin

    Sumatra, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand

  • Habitat

    tropical lowland rainforests

  • Diet

    Fruits, leaves, buds, insects

  • Status

    endangered (decreasing)

  • Size

    46 cm

  • Weight

    5 to 7 kg

  • Gestation period

    213 days

  • Achievable age

    up to 50 years

Threat Categories of IUCN

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?

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.

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