Lar gibbon

Their songs echo through the forest, a duet between mates that’s both a declaration of love and a territorial announcement

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It is also known as the white-handed gibbon, a remarkable primate inhabiting the treetops of Southeast Asian rainforests. Its sleek white fur and striking black face stand out against the lush green backdrop of its rainforest home. This coloration serves not only for camouflage but also as a visual cue within its social group. They live in small family groups consisting of a monogamous pair and their offspring. This tight-knit structure contributes to their cooperative behavior and strong bonds. The devotion between mates is evident in their interactions and the shared responsibilities of raising their young.

The lar gibbon’s long arms are a defining characteristic that perfectly suits its arboreal lifestyle. These limbs are specialized for brachiation, a mode of movement involving swinging from branch to branch. This adaptation allows them to effortlessly traverse the canopy and access food sources that might be inaccessible.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
China
2015
Possibly Extinct: Yunnan
Indonesia
2015
Sumatera
Laos
2015
Malaysia
2015
Peninsular Malaysia
Myanmar
2015
Thailand
15,000-20,000
EN
2015

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Troop

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore / Frugivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No