White-Handed Gibbon Fact Sheet

Class:

Mammalia 

Order:

Primate

Family:

Hylobatidae

Genus:

Hylobates

Species:

lar

Life span:

In the wild 25 years; up to 44 years under human care

Gestation:

7 months

Number of young at birth:

Age of maturity:

8 years 

Size:

18-25 in long

Weight:

10-13 lbs

Size at birth:

A little less than 1 lb

 

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Facts:

  • Expert at traveling in the trees
  • Arms are longer than its legs, which allows the gibbon to cover a great distance – nearly 10 ft – with each pendulum swing of its body.
  • Males can be either black or blonde
  • Skin is black and the fur around its face, hands and feet are white. They are uniformly colored, but colors may vary from cream to red, brown or almost black.
  • Range: South East Asia
  • Habitat: Rainforests, tall trees
  • Diet: fruits, leaves, insects and flowers.  Occasionally birds and eggs
  • Originally from tropical and subtropical forests of the Malay Peninsula and Indonesia
  • Only primates that habitually walk upright on their hind legs.  They walk with arms held high for balance.
  • Live in small groups of a pair with up to four offspring
  • Gibbons are considered apes and not monkeys.  Apes do not have tails.