Lar Gibbon

Introduction

Gibbons are the smallest member of the ape family. They use their elongated arms and hands to help them move quickly through the forest canopy.

This arm over arm movement is described as brachiation. Lar Gibbons vary in colour from black to blonde. Brian is the father of our group and is the oldest Lar Gibbon in Europe! His first record appearing on London Zoo’s records in 1963.

Sooty is the mum and is the large black female. The rest of the family are all youngsters from this pair, with two of their older siblings living at Coombe Martin Wildlife Park.

GALLERY

FAST FACTS

Scientific Name::

Hylobates lar

Status::

Endangered

Size::

Body length is 42 - 64 cm

Weight::

Males up to 7.6kg & females up to 6.8kg

Life Span::

Up to 44 years

Habitat::

Primary & Secondary Forests ,Tropical dry deciduous and moist evergreen forests

Diet::

Omnivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

My diet consists of fruit, plants and insects

Where Do I Live?

I live in many places! Such as, Burma, Thailand, China, Laos, Malaysia and Sumatra

Do I Have Any Predators?

Some of my predators are Eagles, Leopards, Small Cats and Pythons

How Do I Live?

I am a Diurnal animal, which means I am out during the day. I spend most of my time up in the trees and travel in family groups

Why Am I Endangered?

I am endangered due to hunting for food, pet trade and forest fragmentation

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