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White-handed Gibbon
   
   

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Order : PRIMATES
Family : Hylobatidae
Species : Hylobates lar

Head-body length : 40-50 cm
Tail length : no tail
Weight : 5-6 kg

A beautiful, captivating primate the White-handed Gibbon is a master of agility. Its long arms are perfectly suited to swinging from branch to branch through Southeast Asia's rainforests. Though it lacks a tail, its sense of balance is acute and it is equally capable of walking on its hind legs along branches high above the ground.

Its unmistakable call - a loud, whooping sound - can be heard from a great distance, especially when active in the morning. Its colour varies from dark brown to brownish-orange to cream, and its diet comprises mainly young shoots, leaves and fruits.

A shocking trade in young gibbons is rampant in some countries, particularly Thailand. The young are captured by first shooting the mother, and then stealing the young.

The White-handed Gibbon ranges from southern China, Burma, Thailand and Laos to Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra.


Figs 1 and 2 : Adult specimen from
Panti Forest, Johor, Peninsular Malaysia.

Fig 3 : Feeding on young leaves at Khao Yai National Park, Thailand.

Fig 4 : Sub-adult at Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, Phuket, Thailand.


References : M3


Link : Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, Phuket.