White-Handed Gibbon

Hylobates lar

Like other gibbons, the white-handed gibbon is an expert at traveling in the trees. Arms that are longer than its legs allow the gibbon to cover a great distance—nearly 10 feet—with each pendulum swing of its body. Forward-facing eyes provide it with the binocular vision and depth perception necessary to determine a safe route.

Fact File

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pronunciationPronunciation: GIB-un
where to see themWhere to see them: Jungle Trails
weightWeight: 10 to 17 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 16 yrs
habitatHabitat: Tropical forest
dietDiet: Fruits, leaves, insects, and flowers
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Lower risk/near threatened)