Scientific name: Hylobates lar

The white-handed gibbon lives in many Asian countries. It’s one of 11 gibbon species. With its muscular feet and hands, this primate jumps and clings to trees in the jungle like a real acrobat. The white-handed gibbon can travel up to 15 metres between branches in a single jump!

On the ground, the white-handed gibbon walks upright. It uses its long arms to balance itself.

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They are very faithful

Gibbons have only one female during their entire life and copulate frequently if they get along together well. They spend at least 15 minutes per day delousing one another. To reinforce their bond and to protect their territory, they produce a song that can be heard several kilometres away. The female, who dominates the couple, always begins and finishes these vocalisations. It's also usually the female who initiates the sexual activity.

Key figures

  • Weight: 5 to 8 kg
  • Height: 65 to 85 cm
  • Gestation period: 210 days with 1 offspring per litter
  • Life expectancy: 25 years

Keep up hope

Associations invested in the preservation of the species

Numerous associations are trying to help this species, endangered in its country of origin. In Thailand, the Kalaweit association (headed up by a young Frenchman) works to raise awareness among young Thais about the danger this species faces. There are three threats: deforestation, poaching and animal trafficking. This association has already protected 35,000 hectares of forests through two Gibbons conservation centres.