Buff-cheeked gibbon

Buff-cheeked gibbon Nomascus gabriellae (EEP)

ClassMammalia
OrderPrimates
FamilyHylobatidae
Size60–80cm
Weight7–11kg
Gestation7 months
Birth1 every 2/3 years
Life-span50 years in zoos
Diet
frugivorous (fruits, leaves, flowers)

Habitat
tropical forest

Range
South-east Asia (south-east Cambodia, southern Vietnam)


Newborn buff-cheeked gibbons have bright-yellow fur. At around 6 months they turn black all over except on their cheeks, where their fur remains orangey. Males remain black but females change colour again, becoming orangey-yellow.
 
Buff-cheeked gibbons live in the forest canopy in Cambodia and Vietnam. Essentially tree-dwelling, they don’t descend to ground level but can move around on their legs, using their arms for balance.
 
Like other gibbon species, they are monogamous. A gibbon family usually includes a couple and their young. The latter stay with their parents to the age of about 6 or 8 years, before leaving to establish their own territory and family.
 
All gibbon species are endangered due to the destruction of their habitat and to being hunted for the illegal pet trade and for traditional Asian medicine.


La Palmyre Zoo helps protecting this species in the wild by supporting the programme: HURO

Since 2009, the Zoo de La Palmyre has helped to finance the protection of Hoolock gibbons from India, Bangladesh and Burma.
www.association-svaa.com

 



Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

In the zoo