Used to be Gibbons only genus, but still is the most widespread and biggest genus in the family
Hylobates is the most diverse genus out of all the four gibbon genera. The term Hylobates means ” forest walker,” which comes from two Greek words hūlē (forest) and bates (one who treads).
Hylobates spend most of their time in the trees and prefer to live in thick forests with densely packed vegetation.
Many species of this genus are highly endangered due to the increasing activities of humans in their area of natural habitats. Moreover, some of these animals are also hunted for their meat. These concerns must be addressed immediately, or it will be too late!
Species in this genus
Their songs echo through the forest, a duet between mates that’s both a declaration of love and a territorial announcement
Well known for ‘singing,’ sometimes male and female partners sing duets together to drive intruders away
Brachiation allows them to leap up to 9 m (29.5 ft) or more, with neither hand touching a branch