Buff-Cheeked Gibbon

Hylobales gabriellae

Gibbons are known for a specialized form of swinging locomotion called brachiation. Bending its slender fingers, the hand forms a hook at the end of its long arm. Hooking onto a branch, the gibbon then swings itself forward to the next branch.

Fact File

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pronunciationPronunciation: GIB-un
where to see themWhere to see them: Gibbon Islands
heightHeight: 1.5 to 2 ft
weightWeight: Up to 12.5 lbs
lifespanLifespan: Up to 50 years in captivity
habitatHabitat: Tropical forest
dietDiet: Fruit, leaves, and invertebrates
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)