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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.


Did You Know?

Gibbons have leather-like soles on their feet and an opposable big toe that help it grasp and walk upright on branches.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Hylobates lar

Southeast Asia

Tropical forest

16 years

Zoo Location:
Jungle Trails

Fruits, leaves, insects, and flowers

Risk Status:
Species at Risk (IUCN—Lower risk/near threatened)