Hainan black-crested gibbon

The population range used to cover half of China in the 17th century; currently, under grave threat of extinction

The Hainan black-crested gibbon is a Critically Endangered species that can only be found on Hainan Island, China. In the past, they were thought to be a subspecies of the eastern black crested gibbon. However, molecular data and morphology suggest that they are separate species.

Males are mostly black and might sometimes have white or buff cheeks, while females are buff or golden in color with black patches and a black streak on the head. They also have long, slender arms and legs and are without tails. The main cause for the rapid decline of these gibbons is habitat loss and thus driving them to reside in less suitable habitats at higher altitudes.


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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Group

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No