China – Thailand – Laos – Sumatra – Malaysia
fruit – flowers – insects
190-214 days, 1 puppy for childbirth
The White-handed Gibbon’s color of hair varies from light brown to black while the hands and feet are always white as is the ring of hair around its face. They don’t have a tail. Males and Females live in monogamous family groups of 3-12 individuals. The White-handed Gibbons are the “acrobats” of the forest. They are arboreal and as they move through the trees they swing from branch to branch using their long arms and hands. This is called brachiating.
They are strongly territorial and in many species the couples use vocal duets which can be heard from kilometers away. These sounds are used both to strengthen the relationship of the couple as well as to signal their presence in a specific territory. Gibbons are in danger due to the excessive exploitation of their forest habitat.