White-handed gibbon

White-handed gibbon Hylobates lar (EEP)

ClassMammalia
OrderPrimates
FamilyHylobatidae
Size45–63cm
Weight5–8kg
Gestation6 months
Birth1
Life-span40 years
Diet
omnivorous (mainly fruits, leaves, young shoots, eggs, insects)

Habitat
tropical forest

Range
South-east Asia and Malay Archipelago


White-handed gibbons can have cream, brown or black fur, whatever their gender or age.
 
Females produce a single young after a pregnancy lasting about 6 months. Babies start to ingest solid food and leave their mother at about the age of 4 months.
 
Gibbons are aerial creatures who move in a spectacular way called ‘brachiation’, which allows them to swing quickly from branch to branch and jump at a height of more than 10m.
 
Males and females usually mate for life. They communicate in a complex way, based on visual postures and very loud sounds. The alternating or simultaneous song produced by males and females mainly serves to demarcate their territory, which covers several tens of hectares. The tone varies by gender.




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

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